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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.