A Kansas University professor is among five semifinalists for vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service at KU, a KU official said Thursday.
Andrew Debicki, university distinguished professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was selected by a search committee, said Kelley Hayden, assistant to the executive vice chancellor.
Debicki is director of KU's Hall Center for the Humanities. The center works to foster cooperation among humanities departments and to secure federal and state grants.
An expert in 20th century Spanish and Spanish-American poetry, Debicki came to KU in 1968 and was named a KU distinguished professor in 1976.
Hayden said three finalists for the job will be chosen by the search committee in March after each semifinalist visits KU in February for an interview.
Chancellor Gene Budig will pick from among the finalists for a successor to Frances Horowitz, who took a job last summer at City University of New York.
Howard Mossberg, dean of the School of Pharmacy, is serving as interim vice chancellor. He's not among the finalists.
The other semifinalists are:
Aaron Bloch, vice provost at Columbia University in New York City. He will be the first to come to KU for an interview. He's scheduled to arrive Sunday.
John Dobson, interim vice provost for research and advanced studies and interim graduate dean at Iowa State University in Ames.
Gerd Rosenblatt, senior chemist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
Judith Trent, associate vice president and associate dean for research and advanced studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Hayden said the semifinalists will spend time on KU's main campus in Lawrence and at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. They'll meet with faculty, staff and students.