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      • Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
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John Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University, after receiving federal support through the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act in 1865. The first degree of the land-grant university was awarded in 1869, and James Kennedy Patterson became the first president of the university in that same year. In 1878, A&M separated from Kentucky University, which is now Transylvania University.[citation needed] For the new school, the city of Lexington donated a 52 acre (210,000 m²) park and fair ground, which became the core of UK's present campus. [citation needed] The modern campus covers 784 acres (3.17 km²). [1]

The college was initially for men only, but women were admitted beginning in 1880.[4] The first female degree recipient was Belle Gunn in 1888. The school's first women's dormitory, Patterson Hall, constructed in 1904, was the first building constructed apart from the main campus; residents had to cross a swamp, where the Student Center now resides, to reach central campus. Today, Patterson Hall is the oldest still-existing university dormitory on campus. [1]

The school's name was changed to State University, Lexington, Kentucky in 1908, then to the University of Kentucky in 1916. In 1910, the university's Agricultural Extension Service was founded and was one of the first in the United States; it became a model for the federally mandated programs that were required beginning in 1914. In 1918, the university's three engineering schools were consolidated into one. The Department of Education became the College of Education in 1923, followed by the founding of the College of Commerce, today's Gatton College of Business and Economics, in 1925. Four years later, the university awarded its first doctoral degree. [1]

The University of Kentucky became racially integrated in 1949 when Lyman T. Johnson, an African American, won a lawsuit to be admitted to the graduate program. Undergraduate classes desegregated in 1954. [1]

Ground was broken for the Albert B. Chandler Hospital in 1955, when Governor of Kentucky A. B. "Happy" Chandler recommended that the Kentucky General Assembly appropriate $5 million for the creation of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a medical center at the university. This was completed after a series of studies were conducted that highlighted the health needs of the citizens, as well as the need to train more physicians for the state. In 1960, the College of Medicine and College of Nursing opened, followed by the College of Dentistry two years later. [1]

On April 3, 1998, the largest university project at the time of completion opened. The six-level William T. Young Library was constructed on south campus and is second only to Harvard University in the size of its book endowment and first among public universities. Just nine-years later, on April 13, 2007, ground was broken for the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, the largest planned academic building in the state of Kentucky, and one of the largest in the United States. It complements the adjacent Biomedical Biological Science Research Building, and is expected to be part of the new university research campus. Other recent announcements include the construction of the new $450 million Albert B. Chandler Hospital, which will be one of the largest projects in the state's history in terms of size and economic impact. [1]

As a land-grant university, UK is affiliated with several satellite institutions spread throughout the commonwealth. It formerly operated fourteen community colleges with more than 100 extended sites, centers and campuses, which were a part of the former University of Kentucky's Community College System (UKCCS), but in a major reorganization of the commonwealth's higher education system in 1997, the community colleges were placed under an independent governing board, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Nearby Lexington Community College, despite the 1997 reorganization of the community colleges, remained integrated with the university itself, but separated from UK in 2004 and became a part of KCTCS. The College of Engineering operates a satellite campus in Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. [1]

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    • Southworth, Douglas (September 1967 - December 1990)
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