November 29, 2017

UConn chooses Ga. educator as next provost

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Craig Kennedy has been named provost at UConn.

UConn has named Craig H. Kennedy, dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia, as its next provost.

Kennedy, who also assumes the role of executive vice president for academic affairs at UConn, is a scholar and has experience at both public and private institutions, said UConn President Susan Herbst in announcing the choice Wednesday.

Kennedy will start in April as the No. 2 leader behind Herbst.

Picked after a nationwide search, Kennedy spent 15 years as a professor and administrator at Vanderbilt University before going to Georgia, where he has been dean of the university's College of Education since 2013. He began his career on the faculties of the University of Hawaii and the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

"He has shown that he is adept at embracing opportunities and innovation in higher education, while also making the difficult decisions that every provost must make in an era of diminished resources," Herbst said of Kennedy.

She said he has a "proven track record" of setting high standards, thinking strategically, focusing on student success and fostering diversity.

One of his first and most critical tasks at UConn will be to lead the development of a new strategic academic plan, Herbst said.

He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his master's in special education from the University of Oregon, and returned to UC-Santa Barbara to earn his Ph.D. in education.

Jeremy Teitelbaum, dean of UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who has served as interim provost but was not a candidate for the permanent post, plans to return to the faculty in the spring.

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