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• KU will begin an internal search for a new senior vice provost for academic affairs. Barbara Romzek, a longtime faculty member who has numerous filled interim roles for KU, will return to teaching and research at the end of August.
She had been serving as the interim vice provost since August 2009, when she was named to the position by then-interim provost Danny Anderson, who had previously been in the role.
“Barbara has been an invaluable part of the university’s efforts to enhance the academic experience of our students. I was grateful that when I arrived last July she agreed to stay an additional year. She has been an important bridge during a time of transition for the university, including serving as project manager for the strategic planning process,” KU provost Jeff Vitter said in an internal newsletter posting.
Romzek, a former chairwoman of the department of public administration, has also served as the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005-06, following the departure of Kim Wilcox, who left to become provost of Michigan State University.
She was last in the news as the person who oversaw the audit report of the School of Business’ differential tuition activity.
The MBA students who called for the audit weren’t necessarily pleased with the results of the audit (they call it “a review”) and I know they’re continuing to ask questions and trying to ensure that the recommendations are being followed to this day.
• By the way, Texas A&M; University finally filled its provost vacancy after now-KU Provost Jeff Vitter left the school, and removed the “interim” title from Karan Watson’s job. She had been filling in since Vitter stepped down in 2009.
• I reported Tuesday that the KU Cancer Center would partner with the Kansas City Cancer Center in providing cancer services.
Both sides issued a joint press release and then decided that it would be best not to talk about the issue further because talks were ongoing and not yet finalized.
Many are likely familiar with the KU Cancer Center and its ongoing quest for NCI designation, but here’s some more information on the KCCC that I was able to find on its website, because no one was doing much talking Tuesday.
They have 10 physical locations throughout the Kansas City area.
All the physicians would become KU Medical Center faculty members and would work for KU Physicians, which employs the doctors at KU Hospital.
According to KCCC’s website, that means 33 new doctors would be joining the effort.
Seven of those are listed as radiation specialists. The site also lists other staff members, who, according to the release would also become KU Hospital employees. That includes 11 nurse practitioners and two other staffers (an oncology dietitian and an oncology exercise specialist) who would presumably also be part of the transition.
• Here’s some Heard on the Hill kudos to Nona Golledge, who oversees KU’s dining operations. She has been named as the food service director of the year by FoodService Director Magazine.
The award recognizes her role in merging the university’s retail and residential dining services in one department, along with her efforts to lead sustainability efforts in the department.
• One of the things I remember about Vitter when he first arrived on campus almost a year ago was a description of his epic Mardi Gras party at Purdue University (it's down in the body of the story, told by Vic Hunter). I didn’t get an invitation, sadly, so I can’t report on how it went, if indeed it happened here at all. We’re always looking for tips of all kinds here at Heard on the Hill, from wild provost party tales to any other KU happenings, at firstname.lastname@example.org.