UMKC provost announced as fourth and final candidate for KU provost position

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Barbara Bichelmeyer

The provost and executive vice chancellor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City is the fourth and final candidate for the position of provost at the University of Kansas, KU announced Tuesday morning.

Barbara Bichelmeyer, who has served as UMKC’s provost and executive vice chancellor since August of 2015, will give a public presentation on KU’s campus Thursday afternoon.

Bichelmeyer’s degrees all come from KU. She received undergraduate degrees in journalism and English, a master’s degree in educational policy and administration, and a doctorate in educational communications and technology. She has held administrative roles at UMKC, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Southeast, the Indiana University system as a whole, and KU. At KU, she served as a visiting assistant professor from 1994-1996 and director of technology in the School of Education from 1995-1996.

In her curriculum vitae, Bichelmeyer notes that as provost of UMKC, she is responsible for overseeing more than 125 academic programs, 16,000 students and serving as chief academic officer at a university with a annual budget of approximately $350 million.

Bichelmeyer’s presentation will be in the Summerfield Room of the Adams Alumni Center, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. A reception will follow in the Bruckmiller/McGee Rooms from 5 to 6 p.m. The presentation will be live-streamed and available online afterward at

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. The third candidate was Dave Cook, vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus, who was scheduled to present Tuesday at 4 p.m.




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