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UK Presidential Search Winding Down

From Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public RadioA six month nationwide search for the next leader of the University of Kentucky is nearly complete. From the beginning, UK Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman has called the presidential search timeline ambitious. President Lee Todd announced plans to retire in September. By late October, a search committee was formed. And this weekend, the trustees will go into closed session for two days, expected to emerge with the name of a preferred candidate. But Brockman says his ultimate goal is to find the right president for UK, not to stick to a schedule.“If we had to extend the timeline another month, I’m okay with that. Or two months, whatever it takes. If something in the vetting process came up, then I have no problems slowing the process down,” he said.The final vetting process includes meetings with the campus community on Monday. The candidate will answer questions from faculty, staff, and students. If all does go according to plan, the board will extend its formal offer on Tuesday.

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