CHS Dean Honored for Accomplishments
CONTACT: Ann Blackford, (859) 323-6363 ext. 230
orAllison Horseman, (859) 323-1100 ext. 80563
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2008) – Lori Stewart Gonzalez, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Leadership Kentucky program that honors those who possess outstanding leadership abilities, career accomplishments and volunteer activities.
The Leadership Kentucky program began in 1984. Since that time, the program has sought to bring together a group of leaders in order to gain insight into the issues facing the state and the people of the Commonwealth. Graduates of the program bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important participants in the unified effort to shape Kentucky’s future.
As part of the program, Gonzalez will attend a series of seven monthly, two-day sessions that will be held throughout the state.
“Many of Kentucky’s greatest leaders have participated in the program and I am honored to have been selected to walk in their footsteps,” Gonzalez said. "I look forward to exploring the multiple facets of our great state and learning from the experience of others in the program.”
Past UK participants of the program include: UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.; Associate VP for Institutional Equity Terry Allen; Dr. Emery Wilson, director, Office of Health Research and Development, UK College of Medicine; Associate VP for External Affairs Tom Harris; General Council Barbara Jones; Marc Matthews, office of the treasurer; Chris Frost, professor, College of Law; and several others.
Gonzalez and other Leadership Kentucky participants are chosen for the program based on proven and potential leadership abilities, civic activity, concern for the community, volunteer leadership and potential to help build a greater Kentucky.
Gonzalez has been dean of the College of Health Sciences since 2005. She is a native of Kentucky and an alumna of UK, receiving her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with high distinction in 1979. Gonzalez received a master’s degree in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981 and her doctoral degree in communication disorders from the University of Florida in 1989.
In striving to become a Top 20 public research institution, the University of Kentucky is a catalyst for a new Commonwealth – a Kentucky that is healthier, better educated, and positioned to compete in a global and changing economy. For more information about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university, please go to http://www.uky.edu/OPBPA/Top20.html