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U. of Kentucky officials say new president will be named in early May

The Associated Press
April 4, 2011
Top University of Kentucky officials said Monday they’re in the final stages of the school’s presidential search and set out a timetable that would reveal the preferred candidate two days before school trustees hope to make the decision final.

In an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students, UK Board of Trustees Chairman Britt Brockman and search committee Chairman Jim Stuckert said the trustees are tentatively scheduled to pick their preferred candidate the evening of May 1, after interviewing the finalists in northern Kentucky. The favorite will be introduced publicly that evening, then will visit the Lexington campus the next day.

Forums will be held on May 2 with faculty, students and staff, Brockman and Stuckert said. Also, an online survey is being created to allow people to offer immediate critiques to trustees.

Under that timetable, trustees would make a final decision May 3, they said.

“If all goes well, the candidate will be introduced again to the campus at a news conference,” the two UK officials said.

UK is looking for a successor to outgoing President Lee T. Todd Jr., who is retiring in June after a decade spent leading the state’s flagship university. UK has about 28,000 students and a nearly $2.5 billion budget.
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