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Jan. 19, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU names Wisconsin administrator as first of five finalists for provost to visit campus

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas today announced the first of five 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 first finalist is Virginia Sapiro, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also the associate vice chancellor for teaching and learning and the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge professor of political science and women’s studies.

During her three-day visit to campus, Sapiro will give a public presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at KU’s Dole Institute of Politics, which will be followed by a public reception. Additional finalists will visit campus between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14. More information about the search and finalists as they are announced will be posted online at

Sapiro, 54, earned her bachelor’s in government from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and her doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. She joined the faculty at Wisconsin in 1976.

She has served in several leadership roles at Wisconsin as well as in national academic societies. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Clark University’s board of trustees. Sapiro’s research and teaching interests include political psychology and political behavior, gender politics, American political development, democratic theory and the design and philosophy of social science research. She has written three books, including A Vindication of Political Virtue: The Political Theory of Mary Wollstonecraft (1992), which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics.


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