LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The president of the University of Kentucky appeared on WHAS11’s Great Day Live to discuss his vision for the university.
Eli Capilouto says his vision for UK’s future outweighed the prospect of asking the state for more money to invest in a new Rupp Arena.
Currently, $1 billion in new construction is underway that is all self-financed.
The university is tearing out student housing that dates to the 1950’s and ‘60s. 3,000 new beds will be available for students this year which includes suite style living.
UK is building a total of 9,000 new beds.
Capilouto says UK’s priorities of campus, education, service and research meant he couldn’t see himself asking the state for millions for the basketball arena.
“When it comes to doing things like a new research building to help cure cancer a major scourge in Kentucky, we need support from the General Assembly, so we always said when you look at the list of things this has to be a priority that's going to be addressed. That’s what we stood for,” he said.
Capilouto says he hopes talks about Rupp Arena continue but in a private venue, not publicly.
UK is also renovating its business school and building a new academic and science building.