Monday, January 15, 2001

UK slows search plan for president

Trustees delay meeting date

The Associated Prtess

        LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees has postponed the date when the school's next president could be selected.

        The board's search committee had originally intended to interview its three finalists next week and possibly make a selection at a special meeting Friday.

        But board member Billy Joe Miles requested the meeting be rescheduled to Jan. 23, a statement from UK said Friday. The meeting will immediately follow the board's regular session, which begins at 1 p.m. in the 18th-floor board room of the Patterson Office Tower.

        The three finalists:

        • Gregory Geoffroy, provost of the University of Maryland. He is a native of Louisville and a University of Louisville graduate with a degree in chemistry.

        • Jon Whitmore, provost of the University of Iowa. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at Washington State University.

        • Lee Todd, senior vice president of Lotus Development Corp. Mr. Todd, who received his bachelor's degree in engineering from UK in 1968 and is a member of Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.

        Mr. Geoffroy will visit the campus on Wednesday, Mr. Whitmore on Thursday and Mr. Todd on Jan. 19, said JoEtta Wickliffe, chairwoman of the search committee.

        Mr. Geoffroy is one of five finalists for the president's job at Iowa State University. He is scheduled to visit the Ames, Iowa, campus Friday.

        The search has been considered crucial to meet the stated goal of making UK a Top 20 research university by 2020. President Charles Wethington's contract is up in June.


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