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The University of Kentucky is seeking a leader to serve as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education.

This individual will provide leadership and direction for the Graduate School and professional education at UK and will facilitate collaboration among academic units and other areas of institutional leadership.

Position Description

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Search Update

After an extensive national search, the University of Kentucky brought three finalists for a new dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education to the campus. 

The three finalists participated in open forums and met with constituent groups in the UK community.

After the forums, UK community members had the opportunity to submit feedback through a webform on the search webpage.                    

Please click here for candidate and forum information. To access this information, individuals must have a linkblue ID and password.



Search Committee

The Provost has appointed the following members to the search committee.

  • Scott Lephart – Professor and Dean, College of Health Sciences

  • Corrine Williams – Associate Professor, College of Public Health; Associate Vice President for Student Well-being

  • Kalea Benner, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies, College of Social Work

  • Jay-Marie Bravent, Librarian III and Graduate Outreach and Teaching Archivist, UK Libraries

  • Lisa Cassis, Professor, College of Medicine; Vice President for Research

  • Christopher Crawford, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Physics and Astronomy), College of Arts and Sciences

  • Johanna Hoch, Associate Professor and Program Director (Athletic Training), College of Health Sciences

  • William "Bill" Hoyt, Professor, Department of Economics; Director of Graduate Studies, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

  • Vanessa Jackson, Acting Associate Vice Present/Associate Provost for Diverse Faculty Success; Professor and Department Chair (Retailing and Tourism Management), College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

  • Cameron French, Graduate Student, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

  • Pedro Martin, Graduate Student, College of Engineering

  • Suzanne McGinnis, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Graduate School

  • Michael Preacely, Lecturer, College of Fine Arts; Alumnus

  • Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Acting Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor, College of Education; Associate Vice President for Research (Diversity and Inclusion)