Eli Capilouto

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Eli Capilouto (born August 22, 1949 in Montgomery) is the President of the University of Kentucky and former Provost of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before being named provost permanently in 2005, he served as the acting provost since 2002. From 1994 to 2001 he was the Dean of the UAB School of Public Health.

Capilouto, the son of Isaac and Regina Capilouto of Montgomery, played basketball and football at Sidney Lanier High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama and joined the UAB faculty after earning his D.M.D. from the UAB in 1975. He worked as an instructor in the Department of Operative Dentistry and rose to the level of assistant professor. He left UAB to become a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University after receiving his masters in public health in 1985. He earned a second master's in health services administration and doctorate in health policy and management. He then returned to UAB in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, and community and public health dentistry.

Capilouto served as president of Temple Emanu-El and served on the boards of the Birmingham YMCA, Birmingham Red Cross, and Ronald McDonald House. He also served on the Mountain Brook Board of Education, to which he was elected in 2002.

In 2006 Capilouto was named one of six "Men of Substance and Style" by Saks Fifth Avenue for an event benefiting prostate cancer research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. A 2007 UAB faculty survey described Capilouto as efficient, but autocratic and unresponsive to new ideas.

In May 2011 Capilouto was named to succeed Lee T. Todd, Jr as president of the University of Kentucky.

Preceded by:
O. Dale Williams
Dean, UAB School of Public Health
1994 - 1996 (acting); 1996 - 2001
Succeeded by:
Max Michael III


  • "Eli Capilouto Named Provost at UAB" (May 12, 2005) Press Release. UAB Media Relations
  • Blackford, Linda B. & Valarie Honeycutt Spears (May 2, 2011) "Capilouto: An Alabamian with a reverence for education." Lexington Herald-Leader