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Former Lexington mayor Newberry takes part-time position at UK

Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has taken a part-time position with the University of Kentucky.

Newberry announced his appointment via Twitter on Thursday night.

Newberry will serve as an executive-in-residence at the UK College of Agriculture. His work will focus on the "development and commercialization of new technologies in the agriculture field," said Jay Blanton, spokesman for the university.

Newberry will give lectures and do some teaching, Blanton said.

Newberry, who starts immediately, will take an office at the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center at University Drive and Cooper Drive.

He is not a salaried employee, Blanton said, but the budget for the program he is working with is $30,000.

"He may make as much as $30,000," Blanton said.

Newberry lost his bid for re-election to Jim Gray in the November election.