Success Stories

University of Kentucky alum, John Vidal, has been a continuous supporter and contributor to the UK MBA program over the years. He's currently the Vice President, Director of Portfolio Innovation Projects at the Brown-Forman Corporation, which is one of the largest American-owned companies in the spirits and wine business (headquarters in Louisville, KY). John has championed Brown Forman's participation in the Project Connect Internship program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics and has also served on the University of Kentucky's MBA Advisory Council since its inception in 2012.

Hannah Botts recently graduated from the competitive Engineering/MBA dual degree program at the University of Kentucky and will be taking her technical and business skills to Procter & Gamble (P&G) at their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Named as one of the World’s Most Attractive Employers for Business and Engineering Students by Universum, Hannah will be a Financial Analyst working in the Global Internal Audit division.

The brand new 378,00 square-foot University of Kentucky Student Center facility has officially opened its doors with a special ceremony honoring Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton ’54 BE, who made a generous 20 million donation toward the construction of the building. The UK Board of Trustees is expected to vote to name the new student center in Mr. Gatton’s honor. 

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.