Dave Blackwell named as next provost


Provost David Blackwell spoke to students, faculty, and staff in Kincaid Auditorium on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Bailey Vandiver

UK President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday that Dave Blackwell has accepted his offer to be UK’s next provost. 

Blackwell, who was formerly dean of the Gatton School of Business and Economics, was one of two candidates, along with College of Public Health Dean Donna Arnett. 

“Dave brings years of experience and a record of success to the varied challenges we face, especially in our continued efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate students who will: 1) strengthen the social and civic fabric of Kentucky’s communities; 2) fill and create the jobs for Kentucky’s economy; and 3) lead lives of meaning and purpose,” Capilouto wrote in his campus-wide email. 

Both Blackwell and Arnett participated in forums that were open to the entire campus. Following the forums, people could offer feedback through the Search Webpage. Capilouto said he also spoke to more than 50 people to get their “candid impressions” of each finalist.

“The feedback provided thoughtful and thorough assessment of each candidate’s strengths and opportunities for growth,” Capilouto wrote. “There is significant admiration for both Dean Donna Arnett and Dean David Blackwell for their capabilities and their willingness to take on this difficult role.” 

Blackwell will begin work on Monday, Jan. 8, after former Provost Tim Tracy leaves the role at the end of the calendar year.