Our people and community makes the difference.
Our people and community helps deliver more than just a business education to our MBA candidates. Our students are continuously supported and immersed with real-world business experiences brought into the classroom and beyond by leading executives, experienced faculty, supportive staff, dedicated career team, loyal alumni and more. More than simply a business education degree, our people help deliver a redefining MBA experience designed to help shape our students into future business and servant leaders in their respective communities.
Meet our Team
The faculty, staff and the Graham Office of Career Management all believe in building relationships with our MBA candidates, while maintaining a professional decorum that prepares and challenges our students for career success. They work closely with our students to ensure that they are getting the necessary guidance and support inside and outside of the classroom.
Meet our Director
Harvie Wilkinson has been the Director of the University of Kentucky MBA program since 2011. Prior, he was the Vice President of the Keeneland Association and a partner at the law firm of Stoll, Keenan and Park (now Stoll Keenan Ogden). His community involvement includes being a member of the Fayette County Board of Education (Chair), the United Way of the Bluegrass (Chair), the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Presbyterian Housing Corporation (President). Harvie studied economics as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Kentucky and also received his JD from the Unversity of Kentucky College of Law.
Meet the MBA Student Association (MBASA)
The MBA Student Association (MBASA) is a group of current University of Kentucky MBA students who represent the entire MBA class. Their mission is to enrich the quality of student life by building relationships among fellow students, faculty, administration, alumni, prospective students and the business community. The MBA Student Association officials are selected by their peers to help lead the class in areas of professional development, social events, community service and student engagement.
Meet the MBA Advisory Council
The University of Kentucky MBA Advisory Council is a group of individuals that are vested in advancing our program and candidates. The council helps improve our program by providing the tools for our candidates to excel in the workplace, mentor and develop our MBA candidates through providing functional and career advice and career support and networking opportunities. This advisory council is comprised of MBA alumni, faculty and employers and is selected by Gatton faculty, the MBA Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Many UK MBA alums also serve on Gatton's Emerging Leaders Board.
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Meet our Alumni
Our program offers extensive networking opportunities through the backing of a loyal university alumni base of nearly 300,000 in all 50 states and many countries around the world. Our alumni connection here at the University of Kentucky and the Gatton College of Business and Economics is proven and helps our students build relationships with leading business executives and academic scholars, along with exclusive collaboration with regional, national and international companies.
Meet our City
The city of Lexington serves as the healthcare, retail, financial, educational, cultural and entertainment center for both Central and Eastern Kentucky. Many reputable companies and employers have a major corporate presence in the area. Along with a rapidly growing high-tech sector, Lexington is one of the top cites in the region and nation for young entrepreneurs and business professionals.