By: Gail Hairston
Creed: a formal summary of beliefs, faith and principles.
Until recently, the University of Kentucky did not have such a statement of its beliefs. The Board of Trustees changed that today when members accepted the suggested pronouncement of a committee made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni and a board member.
Student Government Association President Stephen Bilas led the 17-member committee that began meeting Aug. 28, 2012, at the behest of UK President Eli Capilouto. The committee wanted the UK Creed to include values such as integrity, academic excellence and freedom, mutual respect, inclusion, personal and institutional responsibility and accountability, shared governance, community, civic responsibility, service to society and sensitivity to work-life concerns.
The University of Kentucky’s Creed reads:
I promise to strive for academic excellence and freedom by promoting an environment of creativity and discovery.
I promise to pursue all endeavors with integrity and compete with honesty.
I promise to embrace diversity and inclusion and to respect the dignity and humanity of others.
I promise to contribute to my University and community through leadership and service.
I promise to fulfill my commitments and remain accountable to others.
We believe in the University of Kentucky and will forever honor our alma mater.
The University Creed Committee included Stephen Bilas, SGA president; Mary Katherine Kington, SGA vice president; Chris Crumrine, University Relations; Rhonda Strouse, Student Affairs; Laura Skillman, Agricultural Communications; Kelly Holland, Board of Trustees; Becky Jordan, Dean of Students Office; Terry Birdwhistell, Libraries; Frank Walker, Department of English; David Melanson, College of Pharmacy; Hamzah Khan, student leader; Ann Dickson, student leader; Justin Penny, student leader; Kelley Bozeman, UK Marketing; Katy Bennett, UK Marketing; Nathan Schwake, UK Athletics; and Kelli Elam, Alumni Association.