Second Provost Finalist Talks Research And Improving Student Achievement

Apr 24, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The second of three finalists for the University of Kentucky’s open provost position took questions from a group of faculty, staff, and students Wednesday.

Dr. Nancy Brickhouse
Dr. Nancy Brickhouse
Credit Josh James

The second candidate noted at the beginning of her address that the average tenure for provosts at schools nationwide is only about three years – a statistic she contrasted with her long and consistent service at the University of Delaware. There, as interim provost, she oversees the vice president for student life and vice provosts for Research, Graduate, and Professional Education, Museums, and Libraries.

On the issue of increasing diversity, an area where UK continues to face challenges, the candidate said investments in financial aid and hiring admissions staff who take the issue seriously has paid off at her school.

"And as a result, this fall we welcomed a 2012 freshmen class that was 20 percent more diverse than what we had in prior years," she said.

Christine Riordan, dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, will be the final provost candidate to address a forum on campus at 4 PM Thursday at the King Library.