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Penny Cox is the Treasurer for the University of Kentucky, overseeing various financial and treasury functions including, debt and liquidity, banking, payroll, accounts payable, travel management, research accounting, cost accounting, property records, student accounts, and accounting and preparation of internal and external financial reports.

Penny joined the University of Kentucky in 1972 and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Associate Vice President for Administration at UK.   In her role, she reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration which has over 30,000 students, approximately 20,000 full and part-time employees, and a budget of nearly $4.4 billion.

Her areas of interest include finance, auxiliary and business services at colleges and universities, academic medical centers, public-private university partnerships, data analytics, master planning, and student success strategies that support quality of life for student recruitment, retention and graduation.

A Kentucky native, she earned both her bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.