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Why the People Working at the University of Kentucky are So Special

Find out "Why the People Working at the University of Kentucky are So Special."

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2022) — Hear the voices of University of Kentucky faculty and staff who talk about why they do the work they do. It's all about putting students first.

Staff and faculty highlighted in the video:

  • Kathy Sheppard-Jones, executive director, Human Development Institute;
  • Alexis Meza de los Santos, admissions counselor, Undergraduate Admissions;
  • Mallory Griffith, administrative support associate, Student Success, Fraternity and Sorority Life;
  • Chad Risko, associate professor of chemistry, UK College of Arts and Sciences and faculty director, Office of Undergraduate Research;
  • Brandon Thompson, associate dean of Student Engagement;
  • Clark Kebodeaux, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice and science, College of Pharmacy; and
  • Melynda Price, director, Gaines Center for the Humanities William L. Matthews Jr. Professor of Law, UK Rosenberg College of Law, faculty member of the UK College of Arts and Sciences Program in African American and Africana Studies, and the John and Joan Gaines Professor of Humanities.

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.