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UK Presents Campus Forums for Provost Finalists

headshot photo of Dean Donna Arnett
headshot photo of Dean David Blackwell

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2017) — The campus community will have the opportunity to engage with the two finalists for University of Kentucky’s next provost at forums Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8. 

The schedule for the forums is:

  • Donna Arnett, dean of the College of Public Health, will appear at two public forums Thursday. The forums will be from 8:45-9:45 a.m., in Karpf Auditorium in Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, and from 3-4 p.m., in Memorial Hall.
  • David Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, will appear at two forums Friday, from 8:45-9:45 a.m., in Karpf Auditorium in Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, and then from 3-4 p.m., at Kincaid Hall in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

The candidates also will engage in conversations with a number of constituencies, including faculty and staff leaders, students and senior administrators. You can read more information about the finalists, the search committee, the search process and previous communication here. The search website also provides a way for the community to provide anonymous feedback about the candidates. 

Community members can provide feedback until noon on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The forums will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. Links to the live-stream are available on the Provost search website. Community members watching via live-stream can submit questions by email at or on twitter by tweeting at @UKYProvost.

Earlier this year, UK Provost Tim Tracy announced he was leaving his position at the end of the calendar year to become chief executive officer of Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, a research and development company in Cincinnati. President Eli Capilouto announced his intent to conduct an internal search, given the number of pivotal initiatives ongoing at the university at this time. A search committee, along with Capilouto, reviewed the credentials of a number of candidates and interviewed them.

“I remain convinced an internal search is the right approach,” Capilouto wrote to the campus Monday in an email. “And I assure you this has been a thorough and thoughtful process, even as we must move quickly to fill the role of provost by the end of the calendar year.”