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Michael Speaks stepping down as UK/CoD Dean

March 19, 2013   |   School

After five years as Dean of the College of Design, Michael Speaks is stepping down after accepting a position as Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.

"This is, of course, bittersweet news", he said in a message to faculty and students. "Ours is a remarkable college and it has been my great pleasure and honor to serve as your dean…Working together, we have, in a short time, moved forward significantly the College of Design and I trust that with your continued support and guidance the next dean will be able to take the college to the next level of success. " 
“We are all disappointed that we are losing Dean Michael Speaks," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "In his five years at UK, he has been an incredible asset and leader not only for the university, but for the community and Commonwealth as well. He has brought a compelling global vision and set of international contacts to bear on local issues of importance. From the houseboat industry in Southeastern Kentucky to re-imagining Lexington’s downtown, Michael’s presence and leadership have been deeply felt from the moment he joined UK. It is no surprise that a School of Architecture that is perennially ranked among the best in the country at both the undergraduate and graduate levels would pursue Michael as its next leader.”
 "Michael Speaks has been a great partner for Lexington" said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. "His outstanding reputation has helped us attract some of the world's best architects and planners. He's leaving Lexington and we will miss him. But he has enthusiastically offered to remain involved and continue to support our efforts to elevate our city."
Dean Speaks will remain with UK/CoD until June 30. A transition plan is currently being determined.
Read the Syracuse University press release here.