On July 1st, 2011, Dr. Eli Capilouto left his position as the Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become the 12th President of the University of Kentucky. Over the past five years, UK has undergone significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnership, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.9 billion infrastructure development.
Among the construction initiated or authorized in that time are 14 new residence halls, several dining facilities, a renovation and expansion to the Gatton College of Business and Economics, a new Academic Science Building, a revitalization of Commonwealth Stadium, a renovation and expansion of the Student Center, continued work to Chandler Hospital, and more.
But, perhaps bigger than that, Capilouto is attempting to oversee a transformation of the college experience for UK students by investing in student financial aid, Honors programs, increased student resources in counseling and academic advising, and the strengthening of an academic community in areas of inclusivity and diversity. This week on Behind the Blue, we sit down with Dr. Capilouto to discuss his time here at the University, how the lessons learned in his life have shaped his approach to the office, what's on his music playlist, and much more...
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