Former UK President to Retire

Jun 19, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former University of Kentucky President Charles Wethington's retirement comes before the board of trustees Tuesday.

Wethington has been with UK for 47 years. He stepped down as president in 2001 and has earned $212,484 a year since 2003, when he became an associate professor at UK's Lexington Community College, now Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He earned as much as $265,000 a year during his first two years after leaving the presidency as a fundraiser for UK.

UK spokesman Jay Blanton says Wethington's retirement is unrelated to the layoff of 1 percent of the university's workforce.

Wethington's work as associate professor has included research and working on a proposed book with Terry Birdwhistell, now the dean of libraries at UK.