Alice Chandler Elected UKERF Chair

The Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation (UKERF) announced this week that Alice Chandler has been elected as its chair. Chandler follows Albert G. Clay, who had served as chair for the past 10 years.

"It is an honor to serve as chair of such a worthwhile organization as the University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation," said Chandler. "I am a firm believer that at the very core of a healthy horse industry, there must be a healthy animal. Researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center are dedicated to protecting the horse from the ravages of disease, which protects us all from the economic devastation of disease."

"Although Albert Clay is irreplaceable for his dedication and service to this institution," said Dr. Charles T. Wethington Jr., President of the University of Kentucky, "Alice Chandler shares his passion and conviction for the Gluck Equine Research Center. We feel she will do an excellent job of leading the Foundation into the next century."

Chandler owns Mill Ridge Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Ky. She has served on the board of the UKERF since 1991. She also has worked as a leader in a variety of equine organizations, including the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Keeneland Association, the Thoroughbred Breeders Commission, the Grayson Foundation, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Breeder's Cup. She was elected to the Jockey Club in 1989.

"We are extremely excited with Mrs. Chandler's election," said Peter J. Timoney, FRCVS, PhD, chair of the UK Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center. "While Mrs. Chandler ushers in a new era, she adds to the distinctive individuals who have served previously in the chair capacity, those being Mr. Albert Clay and Mr. Ted Bassett. We are very fortunate to have three such prominent worldwide equine industry leaders to lead the Foundation's efforts, and we are indebted for their service and support."

The UKERF was established in 1984 to make the equine research program at the University of Kentucky the finest in the world by establishing a continuing partnership between the University and the equine industry. After raising $9 million to build the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, the Foundation has raised more than $27 million in endowments to support the center.

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