UK's Capilouto says he won't take bonus and talks of tuition and UK's image after NCAA tournament

04/04/2012 07:39 PM

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has told the board of trustees that he won’t accept any additional bonus beyond his $500,000 salary so as to keep that money in UK’s general fund.

“I will say I did inform my board this week that any incentive pay or bonus that I’m eligible for, I would not take regardless of their decision,” Capilouto said on Wednesday’s edition of Pure Politics. (That part of the discussion begins at 7:45 of the video.)

As for tuition rates next year, Capilouto said no decisions have been made yet. But he left open the possibility that tuition could even remain flat depending on what the academic departments need. (4:00)

Capilouto discussed the effects of the behavior of revelers after UK’s win Saturday night against the University of Louisville in which cars were overturned and fires burned. (2:00)

On the bright side, Capilouto said UK basketball is a selling point for many of the smartest students the university is recruiting. He said it has come up as he has talked personally with some of those top-level students.

“It was certainly the academics. But they wanted to be part of that community and spirit you have that is made available through college sports,” Capilouto said (1:45).

_Programming Note: Pure Politics will have more with Capilouto, who is in his first year as UK president, later in the week. _

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