Vice chancellor of KU Edwards Campus announced as 3rd candidate for provost position

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David Cook, vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus

The vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus is the third of four candidates for the position of provost, KU announced Friday morning.

Dave Cook, who has served as vice chancellor since 2013, will give a public presentation Tuesday on the Lawrence campus.

Cook has also held administrative roles at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational communication from KU. He attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate education.

On his curriculum vitae, Cook lists his major accomplishments in his role as vice chancellor of the Edwards Campus, including increasing enrollment by 36%, repaying an inherited $800,000 debt and launching 16 new academic degree programs.

Cook’s presentation will be in the Burge Union, Forum D, from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. A reception will follow in Forum A from 5 to 6 p.m. The presentation will be live-streamed and available online afterward at

The final candidate will be announced 48 hours in advance of the candidate’s campus visit, which is Thursday.

KU has been without a permanent provost — the No. 2 leadership role at KU — since May 2018, when former provost Neeli Bendapudi left to become president of the University of Louisville.

The first candidate to present was Margaret Raymond, the dean of the law school at the University of Wisconsin. The second was Carl Lejuez, KU’s interim provost.




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