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Dr. Christine Riordan became provost of the University of Kentucky (UK) in July 2013. In this role, she oversees the academic integrity and operations of the University of Kentucky, which has more than 29,000 students, 19,000 full and part-time employees and a budget of $2.7 billion. In consultation with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, Dr. Riordan is facilitating the development and implementation of UK’s strategic plan and initiatives. Dr. Riordan is also responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching, and scholarship of UK. This oversight includes 16 colleges, an extensive library system, graduate education, enrollment management, information technology, student support services, and institutional effectiveness. UK is one of a small number of universities in the country that has the full range of liberal arts, professional and medical and health colleges on one campus. The colleges include Agriculture, Food and Environment, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communication and Information, Dentistry, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work.

Under President Eli Capilouto, the University continues its ambitious efforts to position itself among the top public research universities in the country. A land-grant institution located in the beautiful Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, the University is the flagship public research institution for the Commonwealth, offering 130 bachelor’s degrees, 115 master’s/specialist’s degrees, and 78 doctoral degree programs.

From July 2008-June 2013, Dr. Riordan served as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU). In this role, she led a business operation of over $86 million and a global network of more than 33,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni. In collaboration with the University, Dr. Riordan and her team built a fund-raising system for the college and raised over $14 million a year in private and corporate funds. Additionally, they increased the college’s endowment over 50 percent from $70 million (2008) to over $110 million (2013). They also raised more than $87 million in a campaign for the college.

Under Dr. Riordan’s leadership, Daniels was ranked among the top business schools in the world by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes and the Financial Times and consistently ranks in the Top 5 among business schools for its focus on ethics. Moreover, during her tenure, key initiatives and programs were created, including the Institute for Enterprise Ethics, a corporate partners program, a highly selective one-year MBA program, a new professional MBA program, and an Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition.

Dr. Riordan has a national reputation as a leadership development and workplace diversity expert. Her research focuses on labor-force diversity issues, leadership development and effectiveness, and career success. Dr. Riordan consults regularly with corporations on strategic planning, leadership-development activities, diversity management and team performance. She also serves as an executive leadership coach for senior-level executives. She has been interviewed and written articles for media such as:Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, CareerBuilder, and Psychology Today. She also has 29 academic articles with more than 2,200 citations of her research.

Updated October 14, 2013 by Chuck Ham