Lee T. Todd Jr.

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Lee Todd Jr.
University of Kentucky President Lee Todd, Jr. receives an award from Army General Albert Bryant, Jr..jpg
President Lee Todd Jr. receives an honor from Army general Albert Bryant Jr. in recognition of the university's support for American soldiers at nearby Fort Knox
11th President of the
University of Kentucky
In office
Preceded byCharles T. Wethington Jr.
Succeeded byEli Capilouto
Personal details
Born (1946-05-06) May 6, 1946 (age 74)
Earlington, Kentucky

Lee Trover Todd Jr. (born May 6, 1946 in Earlington, Kentucky) was the 11th president of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Todd is also a well-known inventor and entrepreneur.

Early life and education[edit]

Todd was born in 1946 in Earlington, Kentucky, a small town close to Madisonville. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1968. He went on to earn his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970 and 1973. Todd studied at MIT thanks in part to a fellowship from the Hertz Foundation,[1] following a personal encouragement from Edward Teller. He returned to UK in 1974 and served as an electrical engineering associate professor until 1983. Lee Todd has been known to attend most home basketball games, and would commonly sit by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his family.


On September 8, 2010, Todd announced that he would step down as president effective June 30, 2011.[2] Todd remained on the faculty at the university, serving as a Professor of Electrical Engineering.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-05-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "University of Kentucky President Lee Todd to step down". Lexington Herald-Leader. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Lee Todd, Ph.D." University of Kentucky College of Engineering. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Lee T. Todd, Jr". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 29 August 2014.