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Keith Diaz Moore, a Lawrence school board member and associate professor of architecture and administrator at the Kansas University School of Architecture, Design and Planning, has been named dean of the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning, according to the school.
Diaz Moore joined KU in 2006 and has served as faculty as well as chairman of the architecture department and associate dean of graduate studies in the school. He earned his Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and has worked in professional practice in Illinois, New York and Wisconsin.
He was elected to the Lawrence school board in 2011 and serves on the board's contract negotiating committee.
In a phone interview, Diaz More said he submitted a letter of resignation from the board, effective at the end of May. State law provides that the six remaining board members will be responsible for appointing a replacement to fill his seat for the unexpired term.
Diaz Moore will begin at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, on Aug. 1, pending the approval of university President David Pershing and the University Board of Trustees.
John Gaunt, dean of the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning, said in a statement about Diaz Moore's departure: "I wish to express both regret at Keith’s departure and gratitude for his contributions over the past eight years. He has been instrumental in building our graduate program, and has been an excellent academic colleague."