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The Office of the Provost provides leadership and support to a wide variety of projects at the University of Kentucky.  Initiatives currently underway include:

International Task Force

This task force is charged with reviewing UK's policies, processes, and risk coverage for all forms of international travel by the UK community.  The task force will review and provide recommendations on a wide variety of topics, such as the risk plans and insurance coverage for all forms of international travel by faculty, staff, and students, the current policies and procedures surrounding international travel at UK, and the benefits available to employees traveling abroad.  This task force is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for Internationalization (Co-Chair)
  • James Frazier, Director for Process Improvement and Risk Analysis (Co-Chair)
  • Patty Brophy, Travel Management Services Director
  • Tom Matlock, Emergency Management Captain, UK Police
  • Casey Henson, Administrative Support Associate, UK Police
  • Bart Miller, Benefits Office, Employee Benefits
  • Lou Drapeau, Risk Management Director
  • Todd Adkins, Assistant Director of Risk Management
  • Shannan Carroll, Associate General Counsel
  • Thalethia Routt, Associate General Counsel

Enrollment Growth for Undergraduate Education Working Group

This working group is tasked with reviewing the many areas related to the enrollment and admissions process, with an emphasis on "growth with quality" and continuous improvement.   The group is reviewing the various activities that are currently being done at UK and is determining which activities UK needs to add or change to promote growth in undergraduate enrollment.   Members of this group include:

  • Christine Riordan, Provost (Chair)
  • Jay Blanton, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing
  • Vince Kellen, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Analytics, and Technologies
  • Lisa Wilson, Associate Provost for Finance and Operations
  • Don Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

Committee of Graduate Scholarship Awards, Stipends and Fellowships

This committee is responsible for reviewing the process by which graduate tuition awards are allocated to ensure that it supports UK's dedication to excellence in graduate education. The group will review current Graduate School processes, seek input from various stakeholders, consider the pros and cons of process changes, and determine how recommended changes might be managed within the framework of UK's new budget model.  The committee will deliver its final report in May 2014.  Membership on this team includes:

  • Doug Kalika, Professor, College of Engineering (Chair)
  • Lee Blonder, Professor, College of Medicine
  • John Collins, Director of Strategic and Financial Planning, College of Public Health
  • Skip Gray, Interim Director of the School of Music, and Professor of Music, College of Fine Arts
  • Jeffrey Bieber, Associate Professor, College of Education
  • Kenneth Troske, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, and William B. Sturgill Professor of Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • Patricia Whitlow, Director of External Scholarships, Office for Student Success
  • Connie Wood, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Reclassification Committee

This committee is responsible for creating the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement reclassification report.  The committee will deliver its final report in April 2014.  Members include:

  • Katherine McCormick, Professor, College of Education (Chair)
  • Cindy Edwards, Student Affairs Officer, Career Center
  • Sarah Hermsmeier, Student Affairs Officer, Office of Student Involvement
  • Lisa Higgins-Hord, Assistant Vice President, Office for Community Engagement
  • Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost, Division of Undergraduate Education
  • Mary John O'Hair, Dean, College of Education
  • Sharon Stewart, Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences
  • Sarah Whitaker, Student Affairs Officer, International Center
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