Lee T. Todd: UK's 11th President
"I started life in Hopkins CountyEarlington, Kentuckywhere an engineer was somebody who drove a train."Lee T. Todd Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Todd talk to (left) Tim Robinson, Student Government president; Caroline Harralson, Student Government vice president; and Rashada Alexander, president of the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association.
Lee T. Todd Jr.
"We need to have a 'higher purpose' in our approach. It's taking the Kentucky ugliesthe low literacy, poor health, low incomeand having a higher purpose to say, 'Let's look at the things that have held Kentucky back and see how we can help.'"Lee T. Todd Jr.
In 1981, Dr. Todd founded Projectron Inc. to manufacture projection cathode ray tubes (CRTs) for the flight simulation industry. The Projectron picture tube was used in approximately 90 percent of commercial flight simulators as well as numerous military simulators. In 1990, Projectron was sold to Hughes Aircraft Company. Dr. Todd convinced Hughes to move its other CRT operations in California and New York to Kentucky. He worked with the University of Kentucky and state government officials to start UK's Coldstream Research Campus with Hughes Display Products being the first tenant.
Dr. Todd incorporated DataBeam in 1976, but major financing and product development did not occur until 1983. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, DataBeam developed large-screen, high-resolution displays where images of documents could be transmitted to multiple sites so that people can view them and work on them together as if meeting in person. The company makes conferencing and distance-learning servers based on the T.120 data communication standard that allows users to share data and applications online. DataBeam, which was sold to IBM in 1998, currently employs 100 people in Lexington. The vast majority of the technical staff are UK engineering and computer science graduates.