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Feb. 6, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU names University of Cincinnati administrator as finalist for provost

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas today announced the fourth of four finalists to be provost and executive vice chancellor succeeding David Shulenburger, who is stepping down from the post after 13 years as KU’s chief academic officer.

The finalist is Karen L. Gould, dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a professor of French and Francophone studies.

During her three-day visit to campus, Gould will give a public presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Dole Institute of Politics, which will be followed by a public reception. More information about the search and the other three finalists is posted online at

A California native, Gould, 57, received her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a diploma at the French university La Sorbonne and her doctorate at the University of Oregon. She taught at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) of Blacksburg, Va., before joining the faculty at Bowling Green State University in 1985. She rose to asociate dean of the Graduate College at BGSU before being named dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., in 1996. She joined Cincinnati in 2001.

Gould is the author or co-editor of six books, has edited a journal and produced more than 50 articles and essays dealing with contemporary Quebec writing and culture, Francophone women writers and the French nouveau roman. She was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies in 2003 from the International Council of Canadian Studies. She also received the Donner Medal in 2005 from the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States for her contributions to research on Canada and the development of Canadian studies nationally and internationally.


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