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Finalists for new Gaines Center for the Humanities director to participate in campus forums

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2024) —  After an extensive search for a new director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, four finalists will participate in campus forums and meetings during the week of March 18-21. 

The outstanding finalists represent a diverse pool of candidates who will be engaging with the community in several ways. 

  • Candidate A: 10 a.m. Monday March 18, Brockman Senate Chamber of the Gatton Student Center
  • Candidate B: 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, Brockman Senate Chamber of the Gatton Student Center
  • Candidate C: 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Brockman Senate Chamber of the Gatton Student Center
  • Candidate D: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Brockman Senate Chamber of the Gatton Student Center

The names and CVs of finalists, along with updated Zoom information for each candidate, will be made available only to the UK community 24 hours prior to the day of their forum on the search website.

As communicated earlier this semester, the University of Kentucky is seeking a leader to serve as director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities. This individual will provide leadership and direction for the robust opportunities offered by the Gaines Center. The center provides an intensive educational experience in the humanities for students from various majors, serves as a collaborative home to a wide range of faculty from many academic units on campus and offers public programs with and for the university and the wider community.

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