The first Distinguished Alumni Award from the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration has been conferred upon Bob Wiseman, UK vice president for facilities management. Wiseman earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in 1984.
Wiseman received the award at the school’s annual Alumni and Friends Reception, which was held at the Hillary J. Boone Center.
He was appointed to his current post in 2004, after serving as associate vice president for facilities for a little over a year. Previously, Wiseman served as Lexington commissioner of public works, overseeing five operating divisions and numerous construction projects involving buildings, parking garages, roads, utilities and historic structure renovations. Additionally, he was executive assistant to Lexington mayors Scotty Baesler and Pam Miller, overseeing major capital programs and serving as liaison to UK and the Kentucky General Assembly.
Wiseman has served as a member of the Campus Master Plan Committee, College Town Steering Committee and Martin School Board of Visitors. He was also involved in the initial creation of the UK Coldstream Research Campus on Newtown Pike in Lexington. He has also taught graduate-level courses in public administration at the Martin School.
“The Martin School prepares students to become leaders in government and nonprofit organizations,” says William Hoyt, director of the Martin School. “Bob Wiseman is a great example of the kind of leaders our school can train. Having started out here as an undergraduate more than 30 years ago, his career has brought him full circle back to UK, where he oversees the entire university’s physical plant and capital projects management.”
Congratulations, Mr. Wiseman!
*compiled from material written by Keith Hautala, UKPR