WATCH: What Francis Collins Means to UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2021) — Researchers and administrators from across the University of Kentucky campus are paying tribute to Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Collins recently retired as the 16th director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In the video above, watch as leaders in research at UK talk about how Collins’ leadership has shaped the life-changing work faculty, staff and students are doing every day to ultimately help the people of Kentucky — and beyond.


This is a photo of Dr. Francis Collins at the Healing Kentucky Conference on October 7, 2019.
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., at the Healing Kentucky Conference on Oct. 7, 2019. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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.