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'Behind the Blue': Clayton Abernathy supports potential Wildcats with a love for the university

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2022) — For University of Kentucky Associate Director of Recruitment Clayton Abernathy, the year-round job of academic recruitment goes hand-in-hand with a lifelong love of UK.

Originally from Crescent Springs, Kentucky, Abernathy graduated in 2016 from UK with a degree in broadcast journalism and political science. He notes that his time on campus also involved serving as president of Theta Chi fraternity, morale coordinator of DanceBlue and news director of student-run WRFL 88.1-FM, and that his involvement in campus organizations helped him grow as a student, person and leader.

As a recruiter, he covers Kentucky resident recruitment in Bullitt, Oldham and Spencer counties, along with Michigan and Wisconsin. On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Abernathy talks about what recruiters do and how they help potential students and their families, advice for students navigating the challenge of choosing a college or university, important deadlines coming up for potential Wildcats, and more.

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