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Three Candidates for UK Provost Announced


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2013) ― The University of Kentucky Provost Search Committee Tuesday announced that three finalists for the university's chief academic officer will visit the campus next week for open forums and other meetings.

"We have three outstanding candidates for this most important position, candidates who represent varied and diverse academic backgrounds and perspectives, but who share a common background of excellence in both their academic and administrative pursuits," said Mike Reid and Charley Carlson, co-chairs of the Provost Search Committee.

The three candidates, who will visit UK during the week of April 22, include:

•           Jose Luis Bermudez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. An open campus forum with Bermudez will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, tentatively in Room 118 White Hall Classroom Building. Several programs and departments in the College of Liberal Arts are ranked among the best in the country with respect to public institutions. Texas A&M's College of Liberal Arts has more than 6,400 undergraduates and more than 830 graduate students.

•           Nancy W. Brickhouse, interim provost at the University of Delaware. An open campus forum with Brickhouse will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, tentatively in Room 118 White Hall Classroom Building. The deans of the University of Delaware's seven colleges report directly to her as do the vice president for Student Life and the vice provosts for Research, Graduate and Professional Education, Museums and Libraries. Delaware's student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies.

•           Christine Riordan, dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. An open forum on campus with Riordan will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, tentatively in Room 102 White Hall Classroom Building. Riordan is a frequent national commentator on leadership development and workplace diversity. The Daniels College of Business, with about 3,000 students, is the eighth oldest business school in the country and is nationally ranked in publications such as Businessweek, The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

More detailed biographical information and their academic resumes can be found at the Provost search website:  

While on campus, each candidate also will visit with students, staff, faculty, deans and other administrators. More information will be provided about the open forums and their format in the coming days. UK President Eli Capilouto hopes to make a decision on the provost position in the coming weeks with the hopes of presenting the preferred candidate to the UK Board of Trustees at its May 14 meeting.