UK Ag Equine Programs Welcomes Lephart

UK Ag Equine Programs Welcomes Lephart

Susan Lephart, PhD, will serve as an executive-in-residence and research coordinator.

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Susan Lephart, PhD, a seasoned professional specializing in nonprofit organizations, research foundations, grant funding, and programmatic transitions, has joined the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ team as an executive-in-residence and research coordinator.

In her role, which began Feb. 21, Lephart will provide leadership support to further develop and implement the organization’s new strategic plan and its emerging initiatives. She will also provide community outreach and will engage in sponsorship support and fundraising for infrastructure and facilities.

“It is an honor and a privilege to work with the outstanding team of the UK Ag Equine Program, and I look forward to partnering with their existing leadership to further develop and implement the proposed 2015-2020 strategic plan that they have worked so thoughtfully to create,” Lephart said. “In getting started, I am most excited about my role in helping to implement the strategic plan inclusive of relevant metrics for each of the identified goals. My three priorities in this new position are the emerging initiatives identified within the strategic plan, along with community outreach to leverage resources that will advance and market the program to more of an international level, and engaging in sponsor support and fundraising for much-needed programmatic facilities and infrastructure.

“Additionally, my background and passion for research and all things equine makes this such a synergistic fit for me, so I will naturally be interested in the continuing successes and growth of the outstanding research program for which the program is so well-known,” she said.

“Susan has worked over the past 16 years in various positions within nonprofit organizations,” said Rick Bennett, PhD, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “She created a nonprofit foundation which focused on advancing the careers of promising research scientists through private funding of orthopedic research. As executive director of that foundation, she provided oversight of grant funding at several academic institutions and has provided guidance in developing assessment tools, strategic planning, and programmatic transitions. Her wealth of experience will be a great asset to our programs.”

Lephart earned her doctorate in exercise physiology/sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, her master’s in health and physical education from East Tennessee State University, and her undergraduate in health and physical education from Furman University.

Holly Wiemers, MA, APR, is communications director of UK Ag Equine Programs.

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