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Thank you for changing lives across Kentucky and beyond

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2022) — As 2022 comes to a close, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto would like to share this message of thankfulness for each member of the UK family:

This time of year always presents us with an opportunity to reflect on what matters most.

It gives us the chance to pause and think about the power of “we” — a reminder of what we have accomplished together.

I want to thank you for being a special part of this institution — for everything you do to help us advance Kentucky.

We could never serve the Commonwealth and the world without you. Your work has opened more doors, for more people, and has touched every corner of the state whose name we bear.

See proof of our momentum by watching the video above. 

I encourage you to take time this season to recharge, as you are an invaluable member of the University of Kentucky community.

Thank you for all you do.

With gratitude,

Eli Capilouto 


This is a photo of the REFOCUS team out in the Lexington community.
The REFOCUS research team works in the Lexington community and beyond to address health disparities. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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.