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A Message From New UK Acting Provost Robert S. DiPaola

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2021) — Today marks the first day of Robert S. DiPaola’s tenure as acting provost. 

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced in May that he selected DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine, to serve as in this role. 

He will serve in this capacity for a one-year appointment until June 30, 2022. Capilouto has announced he will begin a national search for a permanent provost this fall.

“I am looking forward to partnering with our faculty, staff and students to further strengthen our university, support our people and inspire ingenuity to propel us forward,” DiPaola said. “We will collaborate across academic units to ensure our missions of education, research, health care and service lead the Commonwealth into a more prosperous future.”

Watch a special message above from DiPaola.

photo of Robert S. DiPaola, M.D.
Robert S. DiPaola begins his tenure as acting provost of the University of Kentucky today. Photo by Shaun Ring.

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