A finalist for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University has withdrawn from the search, KU officials said Monday.
Leslie Flemming, dean of the college of arts and humanities at University of Maine in Orono, decided to take a job elsewhere. Information about her new job was unavailable.
Kim Wilcox, a KU professor and chair of the college dean search committee, said the panel submitted a written summary of what each of the four remaining candidates would bring to the job.
The committee was to meet Monday with David Shulenburger, vice chancellor for academic affairs, to discuss the search. Shulenburger, in concert with KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, will select a new dean.
One candidate still in the running is familiar to KU: Sally Frost-Mason, acting liberal arts dean and professor of physiology and cell biology.
Other finalists are Paul Armstrong, associate dean and professor of English at University of Oregon in Eugene; Peter Spear, associate dean and professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin in Madison; and Charles Johnson, chair of political science at Texas A&M; in College Station.
The college dean will be responsible for 16,000 students, 600 faculty, 50 academic departments and a $40 million budget. James Muyskens resigned from the deanship in 1995 to work for the University System of Georgia.