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'Behind the Blue': New Education Dean on Vital Role His College Can Play in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2019) — The University of Kentucky recently welcomed Julian Vasquez-Heilig to its family as the new dean of the College of Education.

Vasquez-Heilig brings a strong research background to the post together with a zest for improving educational opportunities for all students, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK PR and Strategic Communication's Carl Nathe talks with the dean about what brought him to UK and the important role he sees his college playing not only on campus, but across the entire Commonwealth.

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