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Voting Now Open for UK Staff Senate and UK Women’s Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2021)  Voting for University of Kentucky Staff Senate and the UK Women’s Forum is open now through 5 p.m. Friday, May 21. 

Candidates for Staff Senate are running for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024. Voting for Staff Senate is open to all UK staff who are 0.50 time equivalent or greater.

Candidates for the Women’s Forum are running for two-year terms beginning June 16, 2021. Voting for Women’s Forum is open to all regular staff and faculty who are 0.75 equivalent or greater. University faculty and staff interested in becoming a general member of the UK Women’s forum can access membership information here.

Eligible staff can vote online here. Voters will be prompted to login using their linkblue ID and password and then directed to the appropriate voting site.

The Staff Senate is divided into four sectors — President, Provost, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration — which are determined by the university’s organizational chart. Those who login to vote will be automatically directed to their designated voting sector. 

For more information about the Staff Senate election, contact Rachel Noble at or Jon Gent at

For more information about the Women’s Forum election, contact Alli Lake at

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.