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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2020) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent the above video message to the UK community yesterday. In it, he thanks the frontline clinicians and staffers at UK HealthCare who are providing healing during this crisis and draws parallels between UK’s calls to action now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 1918 when UK’s Buell Armory was a makeshift infirmary during the Spanish flu epidemic.
Watch as Capilouto reminds us that in history and today, UK’s power lies in its people and their ability to work together and with the community to make good things possible.
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.