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2 Presidential Conversation 2008 - '09: Statistics Tell A Powerful Story • Record high number of freshman applicants: 11,120 • Record high number of Governor’s Scholars/ School for the Arts Students: 389 , • Record high retention rate: 81 percent — • Record high number of African-American first-year students: 347 7,% a_ S ’ • Record high number of African-American undergraduate students: 1,234 Q ___;_ • Record high doctoral student enrollment: 2,391 ‘o-# ‘=·—K • Record high Hrst-professional (dentistry, law, medicine, and pharmacy) enrollment: 1,558 A A • Record high number of full-time faculty: 2,096 X t , • Record high number of African-American faculty: 84, including a record W T 11 new African-American faculty i` ,2, l • Record high number and percent of women in executive/administrative/ ¢¥ L W managerial positions: 234, or 48.4 percent • Record high research expenditures of $337 million I often use this space to feature one of our top students, share a story about a faculty or staff member who is leading us in our Top 20 mission, or tout a new outreach initiative. Even though I am a UK College of Engineering alum, I seldom use this opportunity to simply hype numbers and statis- tics. As I often say, it is the efforts of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff that are transforming communities across Kentucky, and I love to tell those success stories. However, sometimes the raw information is so powerful that it is the story. Such was the case at your alma mater in 2008-09, when UK experienced a “record” year. As impressive as these statistics are on their own, the depth and breadth of excellence that we are experiencing across the university community is what is so striking to me. Erom measures in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to diversity measures and research totals, UK is taking bold strides forward in a period of budget cuts and financial turmoil. I think that speaks directly to the type of people who work hard each and every day to move our alma mater forward. None of these successes would be possible if not for the efforts and sacrihce of our world-class faculty and staff This campus community takes great pride in our Top 20 mission. Because of their dedication and commitment to transforming lives and communities in all 120 Kentucky counties, the United States, and throughout the world, UK continues to be on the move. That might be the most impressive record of all. Sincerely, Lee T. Todd ]r. President b I TM S G G U G. zn everyt/omg we da. www.ukalumni.net 5 (<