Liberal arts dean candidates to visit KU campus in coming weeks

Four candidates for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University will visit campus in the coming weeks.

KU has not yet announced the candidates’ names, but on Thursday shared the following dates for their public presentations:

• Candidate 1 — 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Centennial Room, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

• Candidate 2 — 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Centennial Room, Kansas Union.

• Candidate 3 — 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the English Room, Kansas Union.

• Candidate 4 — 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.

The theme for the presentations is “21st Century Challenges to Liberal Arts and Sciences (and how KU will address them).” KU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and provide feedback for the dean search committee, led by professor of English Marta Caminero-Santangelo.

The university will announce who the candidates are about two days before their respective talks, according to KU.

The new dean will replace Danny Anderson, who left KU earlier this year to become president of Trinity University in San Antonio. He had been dean since 2010.

Don Steeples, Dean A. McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics, is interim dean.