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Melanson Re-elected as Staff Representative to UK Board of Trustees

Dave Melanson has won re-election as staff representative for the UK Board of Trustees.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2022) — David Melanson, assistant director for External Affairs and Development in the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky, has been re-elected by university staff to serve his third three-year term as Staff Representative to the UK Board of Trustees. 

Melanson previously served a three-year term as staff representative from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022. His new term expires June 30, 2025. 

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the university as the Staff Representative to the UK Board of Trustees,” said Melanson. “The next three years will be pivotal as we continue to grow out of COVID, compete in a new and changing environment to recruit and retain talent, and navigate through rising inflation and costs. We have a lot of work ahead. But we have a great team of dedicated UK staff across campus that I look forward to learning from and working alongside as we create a better place for us all.”

Melanson began his UK career in 2004 as the university’s first presidential speechwriter, a position he held for nearly seven years. He then worked as director of alumni and external relations for the UK College of Pharmacy for five years, before accepting a position as assistant director for external affairs and development at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research in December 2015.

Melanson is chair of the University Athletics Committee and is a member of the UK Board of Trustees’ Health Care Committee and Human Resources and University Relations Committee. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the University of Kentucky Staff Senate.

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.