University of Kentucky board of trustees adopts academic and physical-plant priorities

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted Saturday to adopt some major themes in guiding the school’s future.

The trustees approved the broad outline of a five-year academic strategic plan that is starting under the leadership of new provost Christine Riordan. Its major goals are to create a vibrant undergraduate experience; advance high-quality graduate education and robust research; develop a strong and sustainable infrastructure and a positive work environment for faculty and staff; and guide UK to a meaningful impact on the community.

The board also adopted general themes of the master plan, which includes creating a more walkable, green campus with better connections to nearby neighborhoods and downtown. Pieces of that plan will be approved and implemented separately.

UK is in the midst of a building boom, with new dorms, a renovation to the business school and a new science building. President Eli Capilouto said plans for the next round include a major law school renovation, a research building and a new student center.

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