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Image 5 of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2012-06-19

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

-5- UKs history, the challenges and joys of being a president, and the possibilities for UKs future. He offered that early on Dr. Wethington pledged to be a friend who would listen and provide counsel when needed. He thanked him for being that friend and for joining the Board meeting today to allow the University to mark his retirement and thank him for 47 years of dedicated service. He described his presidency from 1990 to 2001 as a time of remarkable growth, 41 building projects, a dramatic increase in private donations, including UK's first ever capital campaign. President Capilouto asked Terry Birdwhistell, Dean of Libraries and University Historian to come forward to share a few observations of Dr. Charles Wethington. Dean Birdwhistell began by thanking the Board of Trustees and President Capilouto for the honor to offer remarks about his colleague, mentor and friend. He offered that Dr. Wethingtons service at UK for almost half a century is a tribute to his dedication to the University of Kentucky and that his career has been an enormous benefit to this University and to the Commonwealth as a whole Dean Birdwhistell stated that there is a tradition at the University of Kentucky, much like other universities, where presidents continue serving the institution after stepping down as president. Our first president, James K. Patterson, started a tradition, but may have carried it a little too far. After leaving office, he did not move out of the presidents house, forcing President and Mrs. Barker to live in Patterson Hall, the girls dormitory, the entire time he was president. When Frank McVey came to UK in 1917-1918, President Patterson still remained in the original presidents home, so UK purchased Maxwell Place for the new president. President McVey served for over two decades. And after his retirement from UK, Frank McVey maintained an important presence on campus and continued his advocacy for higher education and wrote a history of education in Kentucky. Dr. Otis Singletary held an endowed chair and served as national president of Phi Beta Kappa after leaving UKs presidency. When Dr. Wethington left the presidency, he worked to build upon the largest capital campaign in UK history. Later he assisted UK libraries, directing a major oral history of the community college system, advising on other projects and helping create a major endowment for the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Dr. Wethington has worked on many issues and projects for the Bluegrass Community and Technical College and serves on the board of the Markey Cancer Foundation. During this time, he has continued to work on a memoir that often gets mentioned and that might be the most detailed review of any UK presidency in our history. As UKs president, Charles Wethington supported research, improved undergraduate education, increased diversity, built buildings and raised unprecedented funds for this institution. Dean Birdwhistell said that he enjoys telling visitors to the William T. Young Library, welcome to the house that Charles built. He shared that, if Dr. Wethington is within ear shot of that remark, he always blushes, but is quick to add that he did that with a lot of help. Dean Birdwhistell closed by stating that, from his familys humble Casey County roots, Dr. Wethington never forgot the fundamental mission of the University of Kentucky, providing educational opportunities for Kentucky students. Like all successful UK presidents, he left the

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