BLACKSBURG, VA -- At its meeting on October 25, 2011, the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky unanimously approved naming a new 144-bed residence building "David P. Roselle Hall", in honor of the University of Kentucky's ninth president. Roselle served as president from July 1987 through December 1989 and left to become the president of the University of Delaware. He currently serves as Director of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and as a distinguished VTLS Board member (since 1985).
Jack Blanton, retired senior vice president for finance and administration at UK, and Bernie Vonderheide, retired director of public relations for the University, wrote letters to the Advisory Committee on Naming University Property on behalf of Roselle. The committee recommended the action to the Board of Trustees.
The citation indicated that David Roselle's "announced goal was to achieve national recognition for UK with respect to the quality of its graduates and its scholarship and research. At Kentucky, he quickly became acquainted with the university's supporting constituency of alumni and friends by traveling and speaking extensively throughout the state. Consistent with his belief that the then new computation and communications technology was of paramount importance to academic institutions, he helped design and implement a strategy for providing wider access to information technology on the UK campus."
UK President Eli Capilouto said, "I am the new president of the University of Kentucky and, when I interviewed, I asked different groups what kind of president they desired. One of the answers I heard most often was ‘be faculty-centered like David Roselle.' I am therefore quite confident that the Board's decision to name a building after David is very popular on our campus."
"I am delighted by the action taken by the UK Board of Trustees and to include me among the former presidents who have been memorialized on the Lexington campus," Roselle said. "This honor confirms that my respect and good wishes for the University of Kentucky are reciprocal, and that is extremely important to me."
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