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'Behind the Blue': Mike Richey Leads UK’s Philanthropy Efforts With Focus and Passion

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2020) — Mike Richey came to the University of Kentucky from Muhlenberg County in the fall of 1969 as a freshman. Now in his 51st year on campus, his great love for UK continues to grow, and he demonstrates it every day as the institution’s chief philanthropy officer.

On this week’s edition of the “Behind the Blue” podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Richey about Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign for the University of Kentucky and other topics.

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.