In a unanimous vote by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, University of Alabama-Birmingham Provost Eli Capilouto has been selected as UK’s 12th president.
Capilouto will succeed Lee T. Todd Jr., who will retire June 30 after serving as president of his alma mater for 10 years.
Capilouto, 61, has been provost at UAB since 2005. In that capacity, he serves as the chief academic officer for a university with 11 schools and colleges, 17,543 students and some $460 million in annual external research.
A native of Alabama, Capilouto has served in a variety of administrative positions at UAB as a dean in the School of Public Health and senior executive administrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, a doctorate of dentistry and master’s of public health from UAB and a doctorate in health policy and management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. During his tenure at UAB, he has helped lead the adoption of the university’s strategic plan, an integrated and more transparent budgeting system, and continued increases in research funding for an institution that is one of the nation’s leading public medical and health sciences’ campuses.
“Eli Capilouto represents the right blend of intellect, experience and innovative leadership to become UK’s next president,” said Britt Brockman, chairman of the UK Board of Trustees. “That combination of skills and attributes is exactly what our institution needs right now as we continue our drive to become a Top 20 public research institution in the midst of challenging economic times.”