Former UK administrator to be honored at banquet

Noted educator and administrator Dr. Lauretta F. Byars will be the keynote speaker at the Lyman T. Johnson Awards and Recognition Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Embassy Suites.

The annual banquet is held by the LTJ Alumni Constituency Group to recognize University of Kentucky students and alumni who have made significant contributions to the university and the community.

Johnson, for whom the group is named, successfully sued UK and became the first African-American admitted to the university. He died in 1997.

Byars is the vice president for student affairs and institutional relations at Prairie View A&M in Prairie View, Texas, and was formerly the associate provost for multicultural and academic affairs at UK.

She is noted for transforming the office from Minority Affairs to its current title, generating more than $4.5 million in external funding, and establishing the Jamal Mashburn Endowment Scholarship and critical first-year retention programs.

Johnson's son, Lyman M. Johnson of Los Angeles, will also speak Friday.

Tickets to the banquet are $50 and are available at the UK Alumni House. Call Darlene Simpson at (859) 257-8800 for more information.