Thomas Keene, PHR

HR Personnel Director
Phone (859) 257-1727
Fax (859) 257-3050

University of Kentucky
N-106 Agricultural Science Building
Lexington KY 40546

Professional Profile

Thomas, a native of Lexington, KY, graduated from Bellarmine University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  After accepting an opportunity in Human Resources with Jacobs Engineering in Cincinnati, OH, Thomas received his Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Dayton.  Thomas worked for Jacobs Engineering, a Fortune 500 engineering, procurement and construction management company for over 8 years in their offices located in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Greenville, SC in various Human Resources roles.   During his time with Jacobs, Thomas experienced the full range of human resources functions including recruiting, benefits administration, dispute resolution, performance evaluation, global mobility, and professional development.

Thomas started with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in January 2015 as the HR Personnel Director.  In this role, Thomas is responsible for processes that span the employee life cycle including recruitment, onboarding, and offboarding.  In addition, Thomas provides oversite to critical programs such as the Internship Program, the Orientation Program, the Mentoring Program, and the County Review Program.  Thomas is excited to bring a fresh perspective and energy to these critical processes and programs!

Thomas and his wife, Robyn, live in Lexington with their two dogs, Stanley and Maddie.

Areas of Interest

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Program and Staff Development