Lee Todd to step down as president of U. of Kentucky next year
September 8, 2010
Lee T. Todd Jr., who pinned his University of Kentucky presidency on the drive to make UK a Top 20 research university, announced Wednesday that he would step down on June 30, 2011.
Todd, 64, said earlier this summer that he would evaluate whether to stay or go as he approached his 10th year in the university's top job. Todd said Wednesday that his decision to leave was not related to any health issue.
Gov. Steve Beshear said he was sad to learn of Todd's decision.
"This fellow has done a magnificent job of leading our flagship university," Beshear said. "He has transformed that university over a 10 year period. He has set some goals and a vision for that university that will be there for a long time to come. It's going to be extremely difficult to replace him."
Todd was hired by a unanimous vote of UK trustees in January, 2001, to replace Charles Wethington. He began on July 1, 2001.