The UK Board of Trustees have approved an honorary doctorate for former UK star Jamal Mashburn.
Mashburn is a former UK All-America basketball star and NBA stand-out who played for the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets over a 12-year professional career. Now retired from basketball, Mashburn's success continues in his business ventures; he has ownership interest in numerous restaurant franchises including 38 Outback Steakhouse restaurants, 39 Papa John's pizza outlets, and three Dunkin' Donuts stores. He also owns car dealerships in the Lexington area, real estate, hospitality services and thoroughbred race horses. From 2006-2010, he served as an on-air analyst for ESPN. Philanthropy began early for Mashburn, who donated $500,000 to endow the Jamal Mashburn Scholarship fund at UK at the outset of his professional career. He is a founder of the MAP foundation, focused on youth mentoring, and the Mashburn Family foundation that offers support for latch-key children and children of alcoholics and single mothers. Mashburn's businesses also actively participate in civic and charitable organizations. Mashburn will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities.
An honorary degree pays tribute to those whose lives and work exemplify professional, intellectual, or artistic achievement and who have made significant contributions to society, the state, and the University of Kentucky.