Eli Capilouto

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Eli Capilouto
Eli Capilouto.jpg
12th President of the
University of Kentucky
Assumed office
Preceded byLee T. Todd, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1949-08-22) August 22, 1949 (age 69)
Montgomery, Alabama
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisResearch on dimensions of access to health care (1991)
Doctoral advisor 
Academic work
DisciplineDentistry and Public health

Eli Capilouto, DMD, Sc.D. (born August 22, 1949 in Montgomery, Alabama)[1] is the twelfth president of the University of Kentucky.[1][2] He previously had been the provost of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).[3]

Early life[edit]

Capilouto is a native of Alabama.[3] He received most of his education there and has spent much of his career within the state. Capilouto obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). His Doctor of Dental Medicine and master's degrees in epidemiology came from UAB. In 1991, he received a doctorate in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health.[4] He joined the UAB faculty in 1975. He is married to Mary Lynne Capilouto, who is also a dentist and former dean of the School of Dentistry at UAB. The couple has one daughter.[5]

Academic and administrative career[edit]

Capilouto served as Dean of the UAB School of Public Health from 1994 to 2001 before he returned to his research and faculty appointment as professor. He was named Acting Provost in 2002, and assumed the post permanently in 2005.[6] On 4 May 2011, Capilouto was selected to succeed Lee Todd, Jr., the eleventh president of the University of Kentucky. He was hired under a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $500,000 plus $125,000 in benefits and a possible bonus of up to $50,000.[5]

Under his administration, the University of Kentucky sued the university's student newspaper to appeal an open records dispute with the Kentucky Attorney General regarding a sexual harassment case involving students and a faculty member. The judge upheld the appeal, stating that the student records in the case are protected under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The newspaper plans to appeal the decision. The situation has created substantial controversy.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae". 1 July 2011. University of Kentucky. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Dr. Eli Capilouto Becomes the 12th President of the University of Kentucky". 1 July 2011. University of Kentucky. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Provost's Biography: Eli Capilouto". The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Office of the Provost. 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Capilouto, Eli I. (1991). Research on dimensions of access to health care (Ph.D.). Harvard University. OCLC 230859014 – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ a b Blanton, Jay (4 May 2011). "Eli Capiluoto Named 12th University of Kentucky President". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Eli Capilouto, DMD, ScD, MPH". The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  7. ^ Blackford, Linda (24 January 2017). "Judge rules against UK student newspaper in sexual harassment document dispute". Lexington Herald Leader.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Lee T. Todd, Jr.
President of the University of Kentucky
2011 – Present