G. President’s Report
President Capilouto added his thanks to John Herbst and the really good team of people
that made The Investiture a delightful event for him and he hoped for the University as well.
Before beginning his PR 1 report, he said he wanted to take a moment to highlight an
important item noted in PR 2. Dr. Lois Chan, a professor of Library and Infonnation Science, is
retiring after more than 40 years of service. She has dedicated her career to making infonnation
more accessible and easier to find. Some may know her in a different role as she has served as
the University Marshal since 1989 and as a member of the President’s Commission on Diversity
since its inception in 2001.
Dr. Chan started working at the University of Kentucky Libraries in 1966 as a serials
cataloger. In 1970, she joined the faculty of what was then the College of Library Science. She
has been a full professor in the School of Library and lnfonnation Science since 1980. She also
has a doctorate in comparative literature from UK.
She has authored several books on classification, including authoritative references on the
Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress systems, as well as dozens of articles and reports in
peer-reviewed academic joumals and professional publications. She also has given talks and
lectures literally all over the world.
In addition to her own research, she has contributed to collaborative ventures in the field
of library science, most notably the Online Computer Library Catalog‘s FAST project, which she
has served as a consultant since 1999.
Dr. Chan has been a recipient of numerous awards throughout her academic career. In
2006, she received the American Library Association‘s Beta Phi Mu Award for Distinguished
Service to Education in Librarianship. In 2001, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award
from the UK College of Communications and lnfonnation Studies.
President Capilouto said he wanted to acknowledge this tremendous faculty member who
has served with distinction in so many important roles at the University. He noted that Dr. Chan
could not attend the Board meeting but asked the Board to join him in recognizing her wonderful
service to the University. The Board applauded Dr. Chan for her many accomplishments.
President Capilouto reminded the Board that he highlighted some tremendous scholarly
and academic achievements made by faculty and students at the last Board meeting. He said that
he wanted to continue the process of spotlighting individuals at the University.
In the coming months and years, he plans to spend a great deal of time discussing the
bricks and mortar of our campus and the renewal in our infrastructure that must occur if we are
going to reach our promise. He does not want to ever lose sight of why we are here, and that is
the faculty, students, and staff whose achievements in the classroom, the research labs, and in
communities make this promise so real.