Provost candidates will field questions from campus community

Nancy W. Brickhouse, interim provost at the University of Delaware

By Amelia Orwick | @KyKernel

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Campus-wide forums will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to provide the UK community with an opportunity to engage in discussion with the three finalists for the UK provost position.

Originally planned to take place in White Hall Classroom Building, the forums have been moved to the Great Hall of Margaret I. King Library, announced Charley Carlson and Mike Reid, UK Provost Search Committee co-chairs, Monday in a UK press release.

From 4-5 p.m. each day, a candidate will speak briefly and then take written questions from the audience.

The candidates, listed in order of the day they are coming to campus, are Jose Luis Bermudez, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University; Nancy Brickhouse, the interim provost at the University of Delaware; and Christine Riorden, the dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

The finalists were named last week by the search committee, which has been working since October to gather input from students, faculty and staff through forums, surveys and other means.

“We were very interested in finding the most qualified individuals as candidates for the position,” Carlson said in an email to the Kernel. “We are fortunate that these candidates have an interest in our university.”

According to the release, a member of the search committee will moderate the forum, selecting from questions submitted to [email protected] and to @UKnewsroom via Twitter.

The forums will be live streamed at and archived at

“Both the Search Committee and President Capilouto are enthusiastic about the opportunity for the campus to engage with three outstanding candidates and they are eager to move forward with one of them once a full dialogue and review has been completed,” Carlson and Reid said.

The search committee encourages students, faculty and staff to provide them with feedback regarding the candidates until 10 p.m. on Friday.

For more information about the provost search and candidates, visit