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UK Selects New Dean of Arts and Sciences

By Ralph Derickson

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Steven L. Hoch

Hoch holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Princeton University. He studied at Moscow State University from 1976 through 1977 and was a French Government Fellow at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales from 1975 through 1976.

 

March 31, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Steven L. Hoch, associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs at the University of Iowa, has been selected as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

The appointment was announced today by Michael T. Nietzel, UK provost, who said he selected Hoch from a pool of outstanding candidates. “Steven Hoch is a superb academician with an exemplary record of research and highly commendable administrative skills,” Nietzel said. “He will provide energized leadership and direction for this large college that is so crucial to undergraduate education.”

Nietzel said Hoch’s appointment will be submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval at its May 6 meeting. He replaces Howard Grotch, who will return to teaching and research in the department of physics.

“I am really excited about coming to the University of Kentucky,” Hoch said. “It is a great college and this is a wonderful challenge. I am just honored.”

Hoch holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Princeton University. He studied at Moscow State University from 1976 through 1977 and was a French Government Fellow at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales from 1975 through 1976.

He became a lecturer at Trinity College in 1978 and has since taught at Drew University in Madison, N.J., and the University of Iowa. He was director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Iowa from 1997 through 1999.

In 2000, Hoch was named associate provost and dean of international programs at the University of Iowa. He assumed his current post in 2002.

As associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, Hoch oversees the multi-year review of all college deans, oversees institutional accreditation process, and prepares the annual report to the board of regents, among many other duties.

As dean of international programs, he oversees many research centers and programs including the African Studies Program, Caribbean/Atlantic/Diaspora Studies, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Center for Human Rights.

He has written two books and many articles related to Russian history and socioeconomic conditions.


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