Subject to approval by UK Board of Trustees
Dear UK Colleagues and Students,
I am excited to announce that Jennifer Greer has accepted our offer to become the next Dean of the College of Communication and Information. Jennifer will begin her work with us on August 1. Her appointment is subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees.
Jennifer has served in academic administration for 18 years at two state flagship universities (University of Alabama and University of Nevada). She has provided remarkable leadership as an associate provost (her current role), as well as an interim/acting dean, department chair, and graduate director.
She is passionate about building a culture of collaboration to support student, staff, and faculty success, and is well-equipped to build upon the College’s significant momentum.
I thank the members of the search committee – chaired by Katherine McCormick and Mark Shanda – for their outstanding work. I also thank Derek Lane for his steadfast leadership as interim dean.
It is an exciting time at UK, and announcements like these remind us that our brightest days are ahead. As we continue to work toward the ambitious goals of our strategic plan, I’d like to thank you for the invaluable work you do every day. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming the newest member of the UK community who will join us in that pursuit.
David W. Blackwell
Support from the Journalism faculty
Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and a member of the Journalism faculty, said, Dr. Greer was “the favorite candidate of the Journalism faculty and has a real appreciation for community journalism, so we are thrilled that she will be leading our college.”
From the Alabama Press Association
I asked Felicia Mason, my colleague at the Alabama Press Association, about APA’s relationship with Jennifer Greer: “She is a real newspaper person. She was very active with APA and encouraged faculty and students to do the same. She will be your friend!”