by Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio
A University of Kentucky official says the school’s presidential search is on course after a series of interviews with prospects this week.
The group charged with hiring the next president for the University of Kentucky has finished three days’ worth of interviews and says the list of candidates will be whittled down to five or fewer by April 11th. UK Board of Trustees Chair Brit Brockman says those candidates who have made the initial cut can look forward to a comprehensive vetting process.
“We’ll contact the people they put down as references, and we’ll contact people they may not have put down as references, and we’ll do background checks, et cetera,” he says.
Brockman will not divulge how many candidates were interviewed or how many are still in the running. He did reveal on Thursday that many of the hopefuls have Kentucky ties but that the prospects come from both coasts and many places in between. The finalists will be reviewed by the board of trustees, who hope to hire a new president by May.