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Final candidates for vice provost for diversity and equity to meet with community

Fri, 03/28/2014

LAWRENCE — The third and fourth finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas will each give a public presentation and take questions from KU faculty, staff and other members of the community next week.

The forum schedule and the names of the final two candidates are as follows:

Monday, March 31
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

  • Calvin White, director of the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Arkansas

Thursday, April 3
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Centennial Room, Kansas Union

  • Nathan Thomas – founder and consulting partner of Invictus Human Capital Management

Earlier this week, candidates DeBrenna Agbenyiga of Michigan State University and Gilbert Brown of Missouri State University hosted public presentations and fielded questions from the KU community.

The vice provost for diversity and equity works collaboratively with the KU community on the recruitment, retention and professional development of under-represented faculty and staff, and coordinates academic support and programs for students from under-represented groups in collaboration with academic schools and student affairs offices. The position was previously held by Fred Rodriguez, who retired in summer 2013.

For details on the position and for biographies of the candidates, visit: http://provost.ku.edu/search/vp-diversity-equity.



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