Frank G. Dickey

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Frank Graves Dickey
5th President of the
University of Kentucky
In office
Preceded by Herman Lee Donovan
Succeeded by John W. Oswald
Personal details
Born (1917-12-01)December 1, 1917
Wagoner, Oklahoma
Died August 7, 2009(2009-08-07) (aged 91)
Lexington, Kentucky

Frank Graves Dickey (born December 1, 1917[1] in Wagoner, Oklahoma, died August 7, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky[2]) was the fifth president of the University of Kentucky, from 1956 to 1963.

Dr. Dickey graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree from Transylvania College in 1939, and received both his Master of Arts degree and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Kentucky in 1942 and 1947, respectively. Following service in World War II, Dickey was appointed to the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Education, where he rose to Dean.

University of Kentucky presidency[edit]

In 1956, at the age of 38, Dickey became the youngest person to become the president of the University of Kentucky. His main accomplishment was the establishment of the Chandler Medical Center, including the Albert B. Chandler Hospital, College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. He also oversaw the opening of UK's Patterson School of Diplomacy.[3]

Dickey resigned as president to become director of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He later became provost of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He died on August 7, 2009 after a long illness.[2]


One of the buildings of the UK College of Education, Dickey Hall, is named for Dr. Dickey.


  1. ^ "Former UK President Frank Dickey dies at 91 after long illness". Lexington Herald-Leader. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Former UK President Frank Dickey Dies at 91". University of Kentucky. 2009-08-07. Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Former UK President Frank Dickey Oversaw UK Growth", Kentucky Alumni, University of Kentucky Alumni Association (Winter 2009), p. 44 

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