UK trustees approve Capilouto's plans for campus with no discussion

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved President Eli Capilouto's sweeping plans for nearly every corner of the school with no questions or discussion Tuesday.

"On behalf of the board, we are extraordinarily pleased and happy with what we're seeing, and you have our 100 percent support in this plan," chairman Britt Brockman said.

No other board members spoke during the discussion of plans to potentially privatize university housing or hire a consultant for $1.2 million to look at debt capacity, UK's budgeting system and administrative bloat.

There also was no discussion of Capilouto's statement Monday that he would not support Mayor Jim Gray's request for $20 million from the state to help with a Rupp Arena district project. Capilouto said he couldn't support the request because it might interfere with UK's dire needs for state funding on campus.

In other business, the board:

■ Gave final approval to replace the UK Athletics Association Board with an athletics committee as part of the Board of Trustees

■ Approved giving $7 million from UK Hospital revenue to Coldstream Laboratories Inc. at UK's Coldstream Research Park to improve services for the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology. Coldstream Laboratories is trying to become a pharmaceutical manufacturing center. UK already has put $25 million into the facility.

■ Approved spending $7.5 million from UK Athletics to upgrade UK's softball facilities.

■ Approved the hiring of David Blackwell as dean of the Gatton School of Business and Economics. Blackwell is now the associate dean for graduate programs at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. Devanathan Sudharshan, Blackwell's predecessor, resigned as dean to return to the faculty.

■ Honored faculty trustee and economics professor Joe Peek, who is leaving the university to join the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, where he will do research on greater financial stability. Peek, who under UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. was an outspoken critic of the administration, said, "It's great to be here among so many friends who I used to not like."

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