A&S dean drops out of provost search

By Lauren Thompson

UK Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh was recently selected as a finalist for the position of provost at the University of Nevada at Reno, but has chosen to continue his work here in Lexington.

“I have withdrawn from the search at Reno,” Kornbluh said. “The College of Arts and Sciences has outstanding faculty members, staff and students.”

Staying here means the dean can continue on with his three objectives he has been focusing on since he began working here at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year.

The three main objectives being develop information technology in arts and sciences, “internationalizing the campus, and building interdisciplinary connections.”

Since he was only running against one other finalist for the provost position, it was late in the search for Kornbluh to resign.

UK President Eli Capilouto supported him by saying that he was a strong candidate for provost and “we wish him only the best.”

Not being able to go further in detail, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said, “Given that the search is apparently in its final stages, President Capilouto said it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Kornbluh decided to stay, citing his pride in his work with the college.

“I am honored to be Dean of A&S and do not want to leave,” Kornbluh said.