board created a College of Design, combining the School
of Interior Design (presently in the College of Human
Environmental Sciences), a new School of Architecture
(replacing the College of Architecture) and a new
Department of Historic Preservation (presently the
Master of Historic Preservation program in the College
Speaks to the UK Board of Trustees
UK vice president for research
UK general counsel
Ky. (Oct. 29, 2002) -- The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today filled
three central administrative posts, appointing Michael
T. Nietzel as the university's first provost, UK graduate
Wendy Baldwin as vice president for research, and
UK College of Law graduate Paul C. Van Booven as UK's
new general counsel.
also accepted a $1 million gift from Powerball winner
Richard A. Barbella, a UK graduate and 28-year employee.
The gift will be used to create and establish the
Richard A. Barbella General Fund Endowment.
generous gift to UK's general fund will allow us to
use the money where we need it the most - salaries,
scholarships or other operations or projects,"
UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said. "Mr. Barbella's
gift to the University of Kentucky is a testament
of his love and loyalty for his alma mater."
a budget administrator at UK, won a $41.5 million
Powerball jackpot in July. He holds both a bachelor's
and master's degree from UK. He will retire on Nov.
action, the board created a College of Design, combining
the School of Interior Design (presently in the College
of Human Environmental Sciences), a new School of
Architecture (replacing the College of Architecture)
and a new Department of Historic Preservation (presently
the Master of Historic Preservation program in the
College of Architecture).
of merging these disciplines has taken place at UK
for the past two years. The faculties from the affected
programs reviewed the issue thoroughly, and professional
organizations and visiting committees for the programs
encouraged the movement to a College of Design. The
changes were among many recommended by a UK Futures
Task Force appointed by President Todd soon after
he assumed office last year.
has been acting provost since July 2001, when Todd
moved the university from a chancellor style of governance
to a provost system. Nietzel's former UK administrative
posts include dean of the Graduate School (1997-2001),
chairman of the Department of Psychology (1991-1997),
and three terms as director of the Clinical Psychology
Program during the 1970s and 1980s.
received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College
and his master's and doctorate degrees in clinical
psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
He is a professor of psychology, with a joint appointment
in the UK College of Law. He is a licensed clinical
psychologist with a specialization in forensic psychology.
He has authored or co-authored 13 books on clinical
and forensic psychology.
Nietzel is an outstanding academician and academic
leader," said Todd. "He knows the university
and its people, and his loyalty and commitment to
the university are unparalleled. He had an outstanding
year as acting provost, and I am totally confident
that he is the best choice."
director of Extramural Research at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baldwin advises
the director on extramural policy issues and is responsible
for developing and overseeing policies and procedures
for extramural research and training programs. In
addition, she works closely with other federal agencies
and private foundations to develop co-funding for
magna cum laude from Stetson University, Deland, Fla.,
in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and
received her master's and doctorate degrees from UK
in 1970 and 1973, respectively. In 1973, Baldwin began
a 20-year period of service to the National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development. Since 1993,
Baldwin has served in her current capacity at NIH.
general counsel, Van Booven, has been with the UK
Office of Legal Counsel since 1989. A UK College of
Law graduate, Van Booven has served as managing editor
of the Kentucky Law Journal, assistant dean of the
college from 1976 to 1979, associate dean from 1979
through 1989, and chair of the University Judicial
Board from 1980 through 1989.
of Hopkinsville, Van Booven has a bachelor of arts
degree in economics from DePauw University. Before
being named UK's general counsel, Van Booven served
as acting general counsel twice, from April through
September in 1994 and from May of this year until