Congratulations are in order for University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, who has been elected President of the Southeastern Conference.
Capilouto was voted in by his peers at the SEC’s annual spring meeting in Destin, Florida last week, and will serve a one-year term. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will serve as vice president of the SEC.
The honor follows a banner year for UK Athletics and celebrates the university’s growth since Capilouto took over in July 2011. Under his leadership, UK has grown from $2.7 billion to a proposed $4.2 billion in total operations for 2019-2020 and the athletics department is booming. President Capilouto has led an eight-year, $2.4 billion re-building of the campus and its athletics facilities. He and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart have spearheaded a $300 million investment in athletics facility construction, renovation and improvement – including a renovated Kroger Field and new Kentucky Proud baseball stadium that opened this past fall.
UK Athletics remains one of the few self-sufficient athletics departments in the country, receiving no state or general funds from the University. In fact, UK Athletics donates millions of dollars back each year to the University’s academic enterprise, including funding nearly two-thirds of the $100-plus million Jacobs Science Building in the heart of the UK campus.
For the 14th consecutive semester, UK Athletics surpassed its goal of a department-wide grade-point average of 3.0. According to the NCAA’s recently released Academic Progress Rate report, all UK teams surpassed the NCAA cut score, with six teams turning in a perfect score of 1,000, earning national recognition for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what the President of the SEC does, but it’s an impressive title and President Capilouto deserves it.