May 19, 2015
Since 1960, the University of Kentucky's Body Bequeathal Program has served thousands of families and provided an invaluable service to the educational research mission at UK.
In recent months, however, a comprehensive audit of the program that I ordered revealed a number of failures. Although no donations were mishandled, the program's administrative and record-keeping processes were poor and fell far short of the expectations and standards of excellence we expect.
On behalf of UK, I apologize to those impacted by the failures in our program. We are committed to making things right.
A news release that you can access here details what the audit found and how those issues are being addressed.
Based on the audit and the recommendation of senior administrators overseeing the review, we will be seeking a third-party professional administrator to operate and manage our Body Bequeathal Program.
When we first discovered problems in the program and as the audit was beginning, we took immediate steps to change the reporting structure of the program. And we continue to work diligently to fix the problems we found. Seeking help from a third party is an important part of that solution as it will ensure the appropriate infrastructure, support and management is in place. We have published a request for proposals and will move forward later this summer with a long-term solution.
In the meantime, we know this transition will raise several questions from families and others who have existing agreements with us for bequeathals as well as those who are interested in a donation in the future.
I hope the following addresses questions or concerns you may have:
Again, I apologize for what has happened and for any pain or confusion these issues have prompted. Everyone at UK associated with this program is dedicated to moving forward and to providing the best possible service in support of our educational research mission in the future.
Thank you for your patience, and we hope the way we are moving forward will start the process of restoring the trust that so many of you have had in us.