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Dear Colleagues,

The University of Kentucky community is full of talented people with bright futures. When we facilitate the growth and development of our people, we ensure the continued success of our university. We strive to be an institution where all individuals see room for their own growth and feel the encouragement needed to reach their potential. The Women’s Executive Leadership Development (WELD) program plays a central role in this work.

The WELD program is accepting applications for the next cohort of participants for 2024. Plans call for the eight-month-long program, involving 20-25 faculty and staff, to begin in April 2024 and conclude in December 2024. Applicants should be mid-to-senior level faculty (associate professor or professor or senior lecturer) and staff in executive, director or managerial positions and should be able to demonstrate their leadership experience. For faculty members, this experience might include serving as director of undergraduate or graduate studies; department chair; program, division or center director; or assistant or associate dean. For staff, this leadership experience might include working as a division supervisor, a department director or other similar leadership roles.   

WELD was created with the primary goal of increasing the representation of women in academic leadership capacities and assisting women in seeking academic leadership roles to acquire the skills and capabilities necessary to attain high-level academic leadership positions. While gender equity in academic leadership remains the primary goal, the program is open to all individuals on campus, regardless of their gender. 

Faculty or staff interested in applying for the 2024 WELD cohort should go to the WELD application website to begin the process. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 12, 2024, and selections will be announced in late February 2024.


The program is coordinated under the oversight of the Office for Faculty Advancement with assistance from Human Resources.


Questions about the program may be directed to Lisa Tannock at


Lisa Tannock

Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement


Melissa Frederick

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer