Thursday, May 2, 2013
Dr. Christine Riordan, a dean at University of Denver, accepts offer to be UK’s next provost
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Thursday announced that Dr. Christine Riordan ― current dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver ― has accepted an offer to become UK’s next provost.
Dr. Christine Riordan (Photo from UKNow)
Riordan, 48, will begin at UK this fall, subject to approval from the university’s Board of Trustees at its May 14 meeting. She was one of three finalists for the position of Chief Academic Officer, who visited the campus last week for a series of meetings and public forums. Interim Provost Tim Tracy will return full time to his role as Dean of the College of Pharmacy.
“Dr. Riordan’s candidacy stood out for so many people I talked with for a number of reasons,” Capilouto said in making the announcement. “Her compelling communications skills, her deep understanding of higher education’s future and how she has led a college to prominence, and the sense of excitement her candidacy generated as she discussed her commitment to working collaboratively as we build upon our missions of education, research and service.”
Riordan will replace Kumble Subbaswamy, who left UK last year to assume the position of chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
“I am honored to work with President Capilouto whose ambitious vision for the University of Kentucky and Commonwealth brought me here,” said Dr. Riordan. “The energy, strength, and commitment of the UK community are clear. It will be a privilege to serve the distinguished UK faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and become part of this outstanding institution and community.”
In addition to praising Tracy, who has led UK’s efforts to implement a new values-based financial model, Capilouto also thanked the Provost Search Committee, which has led search efforts for 10 months, for its collaborative approach that “exemplified the best of what we are as an institution – a group of scholars, professionals and outstanding students, working across disciplines in partnership to achieve an outstanding result.”
According to a UK press release, Riordan has experience as both a leading scholar in her discipline and as an administrator, who has excelled in creating innovative programs domestically and internationally along with sustained excellence in fundraising. Under her direction, Daniels now raises over $14 million each year in private and corporate funds.
Additionally, the Daniels endowment has increased over 50 percent from $70 million (2008) to over $106 million (2013), and, they are completing a $100 million campaign for the college in 2014. She is a frequent national commentator on leadership development and workplace diversity, and was recently elected to the board of AACSB, the international accrediting association for business schools. Her articles and interviews have appeared in Forbes, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CareerBuilder, Huffington Post, Politico and the Harvard Business Review.
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