Success Stories

Jonathan Kellogg, University of Kentucky alum with degrees in Civil Engineering and the MBA from the Gatton College of Business and Economics, now serves as special assistant to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, or as it’s more commonly known, the governor’s “body man.” Jonathan briefs the governor on news and events, monitors travel plans and much more. Jonathan has found his engineer’s endurance, along with the business education in his MBA, to be invaluable in his current role. 

Never has a runner from Kentucky finished inside the top 25 of the Boston Marathon, but that changed recently at the 122nd edition of the Boston Marathon. Former UK distance runner Zack Beavin, and recent alum of the One Year MBA program, finished #24 out of approximately 30,000 runners.

Austin MacGinnis, has been named to the Kentucky Wildcats nominees for the 2018 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. Austin has been the starting star kicker of the UK football team and recently graduated from the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. This award has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes

University of Kentucky MBA alumna, Dr. Colleen Swartz, who is the current Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Administrative Officer at UK HealthCare, was recently inducted in the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing Hall of Fame for her extraordinary contribution to the nursing profession. Established in 2006, the College selects five alumni every five years. Dr. Swartz is one of 15 to be inducted out of nearly 7,000 College of Nursing alumni.

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recently announced Dr. Joseph “Joey” Mattingly II, was elected as the 2018-2019 Speaker-elect of the APhA House of Delegates. Dr. Mattingly, who served as APhA-ASP Speaker of the House from 2008-2009, graduated from the University of Kentucky's College of Pharmacy and the Gatton College of Business and Economics' PharmD/MBA dual degree program. 

The University of Kentucky recently made the Military Time's 2018 Best College rankings for veterans. Out of 218 schools that made the list, the University of Kentucky ranked #36 among 4-Year Schools that offer bachelor's, graduate degrees or both.

University of Kentucky MBA students Dr. Arundathi Reddy, Dr. Tim Mullett and Dr. Henry Vasconez along with alumni Dr. Carol Steltenkamp and Dr. John Slevin were all named in the recent 2018 Best Doctors in America List. Only 4% of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. 

The Alumni Association at the University of Kentucky named six educators at UK for the 2018 Great Teachers Award, which included Dr. Gabriel "Gabe" Dadi who is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and an alum of the UK MBA program. The Great Teacher Award, which started in 1961, is the longest-running University of Kentucky award recognizing teaching. 

The Louisville Business First recently recognized University of Kentucky's Engineering/MBA dual degree alum, Ryan Barrow in their 2018 Best in Finance Honorees, which awards outstanding working professionals in a finance position at a Louisville company or nonprofit organization. This year's honorees represented financial professionals from a variety of sectors who have led their organizations to fiscal success.

University of Kentucky MBA alumni and current students from Valvoline, Toyota, PNC and Pepsico led a stellar panel of speakers at the recent Professional MBA Open House event at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. This professional panel included George Zhang, Technical director of International R&D at Valvoline; Yajaira West, Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director at PNC Bank; David Bugg, Project Assistant General Manager and Chief Manufacturing Project Engineer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Sarah Rediford, Sales Senior Zone Supervisor for Frito Lay at PepsiCo.