University of Kentucky Presidential Search Committee Chooses Finalists

by Gabe Bullard on April 11, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

The University of Kentucky Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its list of candidates to replace retiring president Lee Todd, but members of the committee remain tight-lipped about the process.

Committee chair Jim Stuckert will not say how many names are on the list.

“We’re still doing additional due diligence work, additional referencing, and continuing down that process,” he says.

Trustees chairman Britt Brockman had initially said the search committee would pick three to five finalists, but he also  declined to say how many have made the shortlist.

“Their impression of how they could take this university to the next level be that the Top 20 mandate that we’ve had, we’ve had a diverse pool of opinions as to how to get there. And I think it’s important to present to the board a diverse group of candidates rather than just a small group that all look the same,” he says.

It appears all the finalists are men. When asked if there were any women in the group, Brockman paused and said “diverse.” The UK Board of Trustees plans to interview finalists on April 30 and possibly name a preferred candidate on May 1st. That person would then be presented to campus on May 2nd.

The new president will replace Lee Todd, who is retiring.

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