Dean, UK Libraries

The University of Kentucky is conducting a national search for a transformative leader to serve as Dean of Libraries. With one of the nation’s largest book endowments for public university libraries, UK Libraries plays a vital role in supporting student success, as well as enhancing the intellectual and economic capital – both on campus and beyond. The Dean will lead with passion, creativity and excellence to cultivate an interactive environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming our libraries into hubs of life-long learning. This position will work collaboratively with library and academic leadership, to direct the college and support the goals of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant University’s strategic plan. The search firm Greenwood Asher was selected to assist with the search process. The lead contact for this search is Shelly Feather. 


Candidate Visits

The search committee has selected four finalists who will visit campus, participate in open forums, and meet with constituent groups throughout the UK community. The candidates will participate in open forums on the dates listed below. Names and curriculum vitae will be posted 24 hours ahead of the candidate's forum. Community members will have the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback after each campus forum. Avenues for providing feedback will be posted here. Feedback will be accepted, for all candidates, until 5 p.m. on April 4, one week following the final forum.

  • Dennis Clark: Monday, March 18, from 4-5 p.m., in Woodward Hall, in the Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • Catherine Hamer: Thursday, March 21, from 4-5 p.m., in Woodward Hall, in the Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • Pat Hawthorne: Monday, March 25, from 4-5 p.m., in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium, WT Young Library
  • Doug Way: Thursday, March 28, from 4-5 p.m., in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium, WT Young Library


Search Committee

Feedback and input from members of the college is invaluable to this process. If you have any questions or would like to provide comments, feel free to contact the search committee members: 

  • Kathi Kern, Associate Provost for Learning, Teaching, and Academic Innovation, co-chair
  • Mark Kornbluh, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, co-chair
  • Jennifer Bartlett, UK Libraries 
  • Jennifer Bird-Pollen, College of Law, Chair, UK Senate Council 
  • Rick Brewer, UK Libraries 
  • Carla Cantagallo, UK Libraries
  • MiKayla Carter, UK student
  • Jeff Clymer, UK College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Sarah Dorpinghaus, UK Libraries 
  • Stacey Greenwell, UK Libraries 
  • Adrian Ho, UK Libraries 
  • Gail Hoyt, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics 
  • Julene Jones, UK Libraries 
  • Daniel King, UK Office of Philanthropy 
  • Shawn Livingston, UK Libraries 
  • Jen Martin, UK Libraries 
  • Bill Miles, Community member 
  • Megan Mummey, UK Libraries 
  • Gerald Smith, UK College of Arts and Sciences 



 For further information about the search process or to nominate a potential candidate, please contact We appreciate your insights, and we will continue to share updates throughout the process.