Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky July 1, 2011.
Under his leadership, Kentucky’s flagship and land grant research university has reimagined what’s possible as the state’s most important institution for growth in education, health care, and economic and social advances. In less than a decade, UK has grown from $2.7 billion to $4.2 billion in total operations, fueled by sustained and significant momentum in its missions of teaching, research, service, and health care.
One example of that growth—and reimagination of what is possible for a public university—has been a $2.4 billion transformation of the campus, aimed squarely at expanding UK’s education, research, service, and health care missions. Specifically, through partnerships with the private sector, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of this aggressive development.
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Dean of the UAB School of Public Health — a period of remarkable growth and transformation at one of the leading academic and health sciences institutions in the South. Dr. Capilouto holds several undergraduate and graduate degrees from schools within the University of Alabama system, a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (D.M.D.) from UAB, and a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto (D.M.D.) a former Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, have one daughter.