- Kernel in Print
- Special Sections
By Kayla Pickrell
Three new members to the Board of Trustees were inducted Tuesday afternoon: Stephen Bilas, Mark Bryant and Kelly Sullivan Holland.
“My goal this year is to serve and represent all students and Wildcats worldwide.”
Bilas will serve on the Board of Trustees as the student representative for more than 28,000 students at UK, following Micah Fielden’s term. He was elected student body president in April 2012 and is a finance and business management senior. He has been involved on campus since his arrival in 2009. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the Gatton College of Business and Economics and DanceBlue. Bilas has served as Student Government’s chief of staff and executive controller and has participated in the Leadership Development Program. After graduation, Bilas is looking to pursue a Master of Business Administration.
“My goal is to get Western Kentucky more connected to the University of Kentucky. Western Kentucky, historically, doesn’t send as many students to the university. I just want to help, and I think I can.”
Bryant is succeeding Erwin Roberts, whose term expired June 30. Bryant has practiced law in his hometown of Paducah, Ky., since his graduation from the UK College of Law in 1973. He is the president of the Bryant Law Center. Bryant has three children, all of whom are alumni of UK and two of which graduated from the College of Law. He has been elected commonwealth’s attorney three times, and he has served as attorney for four governors and the chief justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Bryant was awarded “outstanding attorney” in the region and has been named among the top 100 lawyers in Kentucky by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Bryant serves on the visiting committee for the UK College of Law.
“The goal is definitely to represent the alumni at the university in the best way possible.”
Holland is succeeding Sandy Patterson, whose term expired June 30. Holland is from Lexington but is a native of Danville, Ky. She earned two degrees at UK — a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science in 1998. She is an Otis A. Singletary Senior Award recipient and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was president of the Chi Omega sorority. After graduation, Holland was associate director of undergraduate admissions and promoted higher education. She received the UK Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Holland served as president of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club. Holland spent seven years on the board of directors for the UK Alumni Association. She is the adviser of the UK Chi Omega chapter.