Learn about the Team at University of Kentucky, including our Treasurer, Debt and Liquidity Director, and Treasury and Debt Analyst.

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Penny Cox


Penny Cox is the Treasurer for the University of Kentucky, overseeing various financial and treasury functions including, debt and liquidity, banking, payroll, accounts payable, travel management, research accounting, cost accounting, property records, student accounts, and accounting and preparation of internal and external financial reports.

Penny joined the University of Kentucky in 1972 and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Associate Vice President for Administration at UK.   In her role, she reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration which has over 30,000 students, approximately 20,000 full and part-time employees, and a budget of nearly $4.4 billion.

Her areas of interest include finance, auxiliary and business services at colleges and universities, academic medical centers, public-private university partnerships, data analytics, master planning, and student success strategies that support quality of life for student recruitment, retention and graduation.

A Kentucky native, she earned both her bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.

Sarah Simpson

Debt and Liquidity Director

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Sarah Simpson is the Debt and Liquidity Director for the University of Kentucky and reports to the University’s Treasurer. Her responsibilities include overseeing both the University’s internal and external debt portfolios as well as the operating fund investment portfolio.

Sarah joined the University of Kentucky in 2015 as an analyst in University Financial Services department before transitioning to the Debt and Liquidity Director position in 2018. Prior to joining the University, she was a public finance analyst with Hilliard Lyons, where she served as the analyst for the University of Kentucky’s relationship.

A Kentucky native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Centre College and her MBA from the University of Louisville.

Alli Feldmann

Treasury and Debt Analyst

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Alli Feldmann is the Treasury and Debt Analyst for the University of Kentucky. Her responsibilities include overseeing the University's internal loan program, monitoring the University's post-issuance compliance, along with assisting the University's Debt and Liquidity Director in managing the internal and external debt portfolio.

Alli joined the University of Kentucky in 2018. Prior to joining the University, she was a public finance analyst with Hilliard Lyons in Indianapolis, Indiana. Alli was born and raised in Lexington and received her bachelor's degree from Hanover College.