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Hilltopics follow up

Provost search kicks off with committee formation


A nationwide search for KU’s next provost and executive vice chancellor began this spring with the formation of a search committee, Chancellor Doug Girod announced in May.

Michelle Mohr Carney, dean of the School of Social Welfare, and Steven Soper, PhD’90, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, co-chair the committee, which is working with R. William Funk and Associates, the national executive search firm that has helped KU in previous searches.

Since Neeli Bendapudi, PhD’95, was named president of the University of Louisville in April 2018 [Hilltopics, issue No. 3], Carl Lejuez, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has served as interim provost and executive vice chancellor.

Completing the committee are Shawn Alexander, professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and incoming president of the Faculty Senate; Tricia Bergman, director of strategic partnerships, Office of Research; Chris Brown, graduate student body vice president; John Dicus, b’83, g’85, CEO, chairman and president of Capitol Federal Savings; Tammara Durham, EdD’09, vice provost of student affairs; Tiara Floyd, student body president; Michelle Ginavan Hayes, director, Eaton Shared Service Center and Staff Senate outgoing president; Ted Juhl, professor, School of Business; Joanna Slusky, assistant professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Suzanne Valdez, l’96, clinical professor, School of Law and University Senate incoming president; David Volkin, Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy; and Kevin Willmott, professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Alumni can provide input on the qualities they wish to see in the next provost by emailing

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Issue 4, 2019


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