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Much Of UK Presidential Search Likely To Be Secret

By Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has had its first meeting with the consulting firm that will assist in the search for Lee Todd’s replacement. Jan Greenwood of presidential search firm Greenwood/Asher told trustees Sunday that confidentiality is extremely important in finding a new leader for UK, and may ultimately affect which potential hires continue with the process.

“When President Todd was selected, we were at the front end nationally of seeing candidates begin to become very unwilling to be part of a public process at the end. Presidents had lost their jobs for looking at other university opportunities. They had also lost donor money, and they also had lost state legislative funding,” she said.

Greenwood says it will be up to the board to decide which interview process is used, but says one option would be to privately meet with three-to-five finalists and then announce the preferred candidate to the rest of campus. The board also spent Sunday’s meeting deciding which qualities they feel are important for the next UK president to have.

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UK Trustees Approve Budget

From Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio/WUKY, Lexington

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved a new budget Tuesday that raises tuition by five percent and includes cuts to offset a nine-point-four million dollar shortfall.

UK Vice-President Angela Martin says the school is also eliminating 40 vacant staff jobs and 12 more that are filled.”

“We (also) have changed the fund source for 22 staff positions; they were on undesignated general funds, they’re now on income support…. We have also eliminated twenty-nine vacant faculty positions,” Martin said.

Martin says other cost-cutting moves include reductions in travel, operations and research support. The rest of the deficit will be made up by shifting funds to future budgets.

Meanwhile, U of L trustees will meet Thursday to consider a new budget.