The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University is now a finalist for the provost position at two universities.
Kim Wilcox was announced Wednesday as one of five finalists to be provost at the University of Florida. Last month, he was announced as one of six finalists for the same position at his alma mater, Michigan State University.
"It's really just happenstance of timing," Wilcox said Thursday. "It's flattering to be considered for the provost position at any major university. To be a finalist for two at the same time is really flattering."
Wilcox, a KU dean since July 2002, boarded a plane Thursday night for Lansing, Mich., to meet for the second time with university officials there. He said he didn't know whether he would be offered the position.
"It's a second visit," he said, "so they're serious about the possibility."
Wilcox, a native of Michigan, graduated from MSU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree.
He said the Florida position came up as a possibility Tuesday, when the search firm hired by the university contacted him. Wilcox said he is scheduled to go to Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday to meet with officials there.
Wilcox said he was happy at his KU job but wanted to be a provost of a major university.
The dean served as a KU faculty member in speech-language-hearing from 1984 to 1998, when he was named interim director of academic affairs for the Kansas Board of Regents. He was named executive director of the regents a year later.