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Candidate A for A&S Dean to Participate in Open Forum

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2022)  After an extensive national search, the University of Kentucky will bring multiple finalists for a new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to the campus for forums and meetings, beginning this week. The outstanding finalists represent a holistically diverse pool of candidates who will be engaging with the community in a number of ways. 

The first candidate will participate in an open forum at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Members of the UK community are encouraged to attend and to provide feedback. 

Details on this open forum are available here. 

Names and CVs of finalists will be made available to the UK community 24 hours prior to their campus visits. At that time, the candidate’s name and CV will be posted on the search webpage and will be shared via email with the individuals and groups with whom they are scheduled to interact during the visit.

Following each forum, an online survey about the candidate will also be available on the search webpage. Feedback from the survey will be gathered for 48 hours after the completion of the candidate’s visit, providing members of the UK community the opportunity to assess strengths and areas of growth for each candidate.

UK Acting Provost Robert S. DiPaola announced a committee charged with conducting the search. He will make a selection after receiving feedback from the committee and campus. The intent is to have a new dean in place early this summer. Learn more here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.