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Former KU CLAS dean Wilcox chosen to lead University of California Riverside


After being considered for several other university executive jobs, a former KU administrator has been picked to lead the University of California Riverside, the Los Angeles Times reports today.

Kim Wilcox, a former dean of KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as a former president of the Kansas Board of Regents, still has to be confirmed by regents before he'll officially become chancellor at UC Riverside. He left KU in 2005 to become the provost at Michigan State University, where he stayed until this summer.

Much to my confusion, Wilcox earlier this year was a public finalist to be the executive at two different public universities that go by the abbreviation "UW," the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wyoming. He was also the candidate for another executive job, the chancellorship at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, in 2012.

UC Riverside has about 22,000 students. Wilcox's boss will be Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano when she becomes president of the University of California system in September.

Leading a university is a pretty big job, I suppose, but I'd argue that no job is more important than that of a Heard on the Hill tipster. You can apply by sending a KU news tip to merickson@ljworld.com.

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    kef104 4 years, 9 months ago

    Congrats Kim. I was suprised you did not get the head job at KU the last time it was open. Somebody was not paying attention around here. Hope you and Diane are doing well. Enjoy California.
    Take care, Ron

    booklover2 4 years, 9 months ago

    Ditto on kef104 & Boston_Corbett's posts. I also think he should have been named Chancellor at KU - still do, but I am glad that Kim finally has his well-deserved position that he has worked hard to attain. Best wishes to Kim & Diane!

    MaggieErin 4 years, 9 months ago

    I agree, too. Kim is dedicated to higher ed, to students, and to faculty. Plus he also has a terrific, self-effacing sense of humor, which takes a lot of grace and confidence in a leader. It was a real overnight to not grab him as Chancellor and the University would have been a very different place today had the right choice been made. But Kim is moving on and up and good for him.

    yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

    Wilcox was a good CLAS dean, much better than the current occupant.

    geekin_topekan 4 years, 9 months ago

    Much to your confusion? It's a no-brainer! Riverside has three Jack in the Boxes!!!

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