Ford Lecture featuring Senator Tom Daschle

October 24 Monday 02:29 PM

Watch the full recording of the second annual Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture, featuring Senator Tom Daschle and an expert panel.

Dr. Toma Named Distinguished Kentucky Economist by KEA

October 20 Thursday 12:23 PM

Dr. Toma has been named the Distinguished Kentucky Economist by the Kentucky Economic Association! She will be giving the plenary address at the Kentucky Economic Association's 2016 Conference tomorrow. We wish her the best of luck, although we already know she'll do a wonderful job.

According to their website, KEA "facilitates greater communication among state researchers from academia, government, and business, and promotes the sharing and discussion of research by economists and public policy analysts working on issues relevant to the Commonwealth."

Second Annual Ford Lecture

October 17 Monday 10:44 PM

We are excited to welcome Senator Tom Daschle as our keynote speaker for the second annual Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture! If you can't make it over to the auditorium at the Gatton B&E building, you can join us via live stream when the event starts at 4 pm.


What is the Ford Lecture?

This signature lecture series began in the fall of 2015, featuring celebrated author and editor Jon Meacham. His talk was the culmination of a days' worth of speakers comemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Senator Wendell H. Ford, for whom the lecture is named, was an exemplary public servant, especially to the Commonwealth. His legacy lives on through this lecture series bearing not only his name, but continuing to further his spirit of service. 


Who is Senator Tom Daschle?

Senator Daschle has served the American people through collaboration across the aisle. His message will speak to the dysfunction we see today in a polarized political climate. Check out Dr. Zimmer's op-ed in the Herald-Leader to learn more about Senator Daschle. We can't wait to hear what he has to say, and we hope you will join us!

Meet our New Director

September 28 Wednesday 10:26 AM

The Martin School has a new captain at the helm! He is no stranger, though-- Dr. Zimmer received his doctorate degree from the Martin School! In his time away from Kentucky, Dr. Zimmer has served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University and worked for the RAND Corporation. His publications and media mentions are many. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Zimmer's work focuses on education policy, particularly school choice and school finance. We are so pleased to have Dr. ZImmer and his family with us!

Dr. ZImmer was featured in a "UK at the Half" segment, which is aired at halftime during the radio broadcasts of UK football and basketball games. If you missed it this past Saturday, never fear! UK PR has provided us with the recording, which you can listen to below. In the clip, Dr. ZImmer talks about our program's culture. As an alumnus and now our Director, he has a unique perspective. "From my experience here being a student, it's just such a special place," he says, describing the close-knit community that graduates continue to be a part of after they leave. The faculty continue to be a source of support and encouragement, even after alumni have moved on to new places and jobs. 

Undergraduates may have the opportunity in the future to partake in all the Martin School can offer... Dr. Zimmer plans to pursue an undergraduate offering in the future!


Congratulations to MPA Alum on Deputy State Budget & Policy Director Appointment!

September 22 Thursday 10:16 AM

Andrew McNeill, a Martin School MPA graduate, previously served the Governor's Office as a Senior Advisor, and has extensive experience in state policy. In his new position in the Office of the State Budget Director, Andrew will work alongside his new colleagues to prepare the budget the Governor recommmends to the legislature, analyze economic conditions in Kentucky, and complete policy research. 

You can read more about his appointment in the press release from the Governor's Office.