President Capilouto’s Investiture Ceremony Inspires

Published 10-27-2011 8:25 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


Last Tuesday, Oct. 18, Dr. Eli Capilouto was installed as the University of Kentucky's 12th president during an Investiture Ceremony. It was a historic and inspiring event that I am honored to have witnessed alongside some of my colleagues.

President Capilouto's speech was centered on "The Kentucky Promise," an intangible quality that is within each person devoted to this great institution. As he said, "UK is a promise ... understood by President Patterson who made personal loans to help a fledging university survive ... a promise that was carried forward by President McVey whose planning and vision during the throes of a Depression have guided our efforts and facilities for decades ... and a promise brought to life by President Dickey, who in the face of opposition and doubt, birthed a medical center that provides community and specialty care to millions."  

I am confident that we as a university will flourish under the leadership of President Capilouto. I am also confident that we at UK HealthCare will sustain this "Kentucky Promise" that was set into motion more than 50 years ago with the creation of the UK Medical Center. Although much has changed physically, the spirit of our medical center, and our devotion to the Commonwealth, remain the same.  

To view a video of President Capilouto's Investiture Ceremony, click here.


 President Dr. Eli Capilouto with wife Dr. Mary Lynne and daughter Emily


President Dr. Eli Capilouto

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