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Derek Lane Named Interim Dean of College of Communication and Information

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Derek Lane

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2018) — University of Kentucky Provost David Blackwell has named Derek Lane to the position of interim dean of the College of Communication and Information.

Dean Dan O’Hair announced during the 2017-2018 academic year that he would return to the faculty to pursue research and educational interests.

"Dr. Lane is a seasoned administrator who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the college and the university," Blackwell said. “I am confident in his ability to undertake this role as we search for an individual to assume the position permanently.”

A member of the College of Communication and Information faculty since 1997, Lane has a strong record of administrative leadership, having served as associate dean for graduate programs (2005-2009), associate dean for administrative and academic affairs (2012-2013) and in his current role as senior associate dean for administrative affairs (2013-present). 

Lane earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, focusing on instructional and interpersonal communication, along with instructional technology and survey research methods.

"I am excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the college as we move forward," Lane said.

Lane will begin his tenure as interim dean  Aug. 1, 2018.