The names of three individuals have been, or soon will be, submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents as the nominees for the next chancellor of Kansas University.
Members of the search committee met last week in Kansas City to interview and narrow the applicants to the final three.
The committee has not publicly identified who has interviewed for the job, but sources close to the interview process described the candidates.
One finalist, whom some sources called the favorite, is referred to as a nontraditional candidate with no Kansas ties. The other two candidates are reported to be more traditional, with strong and current academic affiliations.
According to the sources, members of the search committee “fell in love with the nontraditional candidate.”
It is not clear how many individuals interviewed for the chancellorship, but the consultant hired to coordinate the search process did have to make phone calls to one or more candidates who did not make the final three.
It is not known when the regents will meet to select the KU’s next chancellor.
Robert Hemenway is scheduled to leave the post at the end of June after leading KU for 14 years. So far, there has been no announcement as to whether an interim chancellor will be appointed.