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'Behind the Blue': A conversation with UK President Eli Capilouto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2022) — Welcoming its largest freshman class in history, the University of Kentucky begins its Fall 2022 semester. As the Commonwealth’s flagship and land-grant research university continues to see exponential growth, Eli Capilouto begins his 12th year overseeing the mission of teaching, research, service and health care.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Capilouto sits down for a conversation about the upcoming fall semester, what he admires most about UK students, his hopes for this record-setting incoming class and what it means to see faculty, staff, students and alumni seeking out ways to assist the state in times of crisis.

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As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.