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May 17, 2005
Contact: Nancy Lott, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (785) 864-3516.

KU dean to become chief academic officer at Michigan State University

LAWRENCE -- Kim Wilcox, dean of the University of Kansas' College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2002, has been named provost at Michigan State University, his alma mater. Wilcox, who previously served as president of the Kansas Board of Regents and chair of KU's Speech-Language-Hearing department, will become MSU's chief academic administrator this summer.

"I have enjoyed working with Kim Wilcox. He has made important contributions to education in all of these roles," said KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger. " He is wonderfully well prepared to be Provost of a Big 10 institution, but he is a big loss for KU. I wish him all success as he returns to a position of leadership at his alma mater."

The university will begin a national search for a new dean this fall. An interim dean will be appointed later this spring.

Wilcox, the 11th dean to lead KU's largest school, is the second CLA&S dean in a row to be named a provost at a major university. Wilcox's predecessor, Sally Frost Mason, was named provost at Purdue University, her alma mater, in 2001. Mason succeeded James Muyskens, who resigned in 1995 to join the University System of Georgia as its senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and is presently president of Queens College in New York City. Robert Lineberry departed KU in 1988 to become the provost at the University of Houston.

"On the one hand, you regret when one of your best people gets a promotion and moves to another institution. On the other hand, we're proud to see the dean of our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selected to be the provost for a Big 10 university," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. "Kim has been an extraordinarily effective teacher and dean for KU and he will no doubt will be an extraordinarily effective provost for his alma mater. We wish him nothing but the very best."

Wilcox received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his master's and doctorate from Purdue University, both in speech and hearing science. He began his career on the faculty at the University of Missouri in Columba before spending 14 years on the KU faculty, including 10 as chair of speech-language-hearing. Wilcox served for three years as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, providing leadership for a system of over 150,000 students. As president, he oversaw the first major restructuring of higher education in the state's history, including the creation of Kansas' first higher education coordinating board, first unified budget for higher education, and its first statewide higher education plan.

As dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and vice provost for general education coordination, he oversees the largest academic unit at KU with more than 50 departments and programs, 650 faculty, and 17,000 students. He also is a past KU Vice Chancellor Fellow and a Fellow of the American Council on Education. In 1991 Wilcox initiated the Native American Training Program in Speech-Language Pathology in collaboration with Haskell Indian Nations University. He has published extensively in the area of developmental speech acoustics, is the recipient of several teaching awards, and has directed teaching, research and service projects funded by both the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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