Provost Search

Over the last two weeks, President Capilouto and the Provost Search Committee reviewed the credentials of and talked with several qualified applicants from across the UK campus.

President Capilouto announced on Monday, December 4 that he asked Dean Donna Arnett (of the College of Public Health) and Dean David Blackwell (of the Gatton College of Business and Economics) to be available for conversations with various campus constituencies, including the Senate and Staff councils, students, the deans, and other senior administrators.


Candidate Forums

As part of this campus review, each candidate participated in two public forums. These forums were live-streamed for those unable to attend. Click on their names to view their CVs. 


Dean Donna Arnett

Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:45 – 9:45 am              Watch the First Open Forum                                Karpf Auditorium

Thursday, Dec. 7, 3 – 4 pm                        Watch the Second Open Forum                          Memorial Hall 


Dean David Blackwell

Friday, Dec. 8, 8:45 – 9:45 am                   Watch the First Open Forum                               Karpf Auditorium

Friday, Dec. 8, 3 – 4 pm                             Watch the Second Open Forum                         Kincaid Hall at Gatton



Community members had the opportunity to provide feedback until noon on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. 


Search Committee

The President appointed a search committee to review internal candidates. Dean Nancy Cox and Executive Vice President Eric Monday serve as co-chairs.

The other members of the Committee are:

  • Kim Anderson, Professor, College of Engineering
  • Bob DiPaola, Dean, College of Medicine
  • Sonja Feist-Price, Vice President, Institutional Diversity
  • Elizabeth Foster, Vice President, Student Government Association
  • Jon Gent, Chair, Staff Senate
  • Andrew Hippisley, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katherine McCormick, Chair, Senate Council
  • Genia Toma, Professor, Martin School of Public Administration


The position was posted Monday, November 13 and remained available for seven days. The Committee began reviewing applications Monday, November 20. Candidate forums occurred on December 7 and 8. After these conversations have concluded, President Capilouto will solicit broad feedback as he considers next steps. 



December 4, 2017 - Email to Campus: Important Update on Provost Search

November 14, 2017 - Email to Campus: Update on Provost Search

November 9, 2017 - Email to Campus: Provost Search

November 1, 2017 - Email to Campus: Provost Tracy



Input from the UK community is invaluable. Send your comments and questions to the search committee at