LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2018) — The University of Kentucky has announced that two members of the university community will assume new leadership roles beginning July 1, 2018.
Kathi Kern has been selected as the associate provost for teaching, learning, and innovation. A historian, teacher, and administrator, Kern has led pedagogical innovation on campus since 2010 as the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. In 2016 her responsibilities expanded to include the Academic Preparation and Placement Program, various peer tutoring programs, and academic coaching. Throughout the spring, Kern provided invaluable effort and vision as part of the long-term financial planning process — the “Our Path Forward” initiative.
In addition to continuing to support initiatives under Our Path Forward, Kern will lead initiatives focused on dynamic pedagogical change, effective teaching by faculty and graduate students, curricular redesign to promote student-centered learning, innovative program design, and creative approaches to assessing the effectiveness of teaching and learning strategies. She also will focus on creating new pathways for Kentucky citizens to access the resources of the university. This will provide avenues for deeper collaboration between the university and industry partners, aligning educational pathways with workforce needs of the future. Her work will align with the university’s long-term enrollment strategies.
Larry Holloway has been selected as UK’s vice provost. Holloway has an outstanding record of research, teaching and public service as a faculty member in electrical and computer engineering. Holloway also has demonstrated exceptional leadership and administrative ability in his roles as interim dean of the College of Engineering, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and director of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky.
As vice provost, he will serve as the primary liaison between the Office of the Provost and the academic units. In the liaison role, he will analyze and prioritize requests from academic units and, in consultation with the associate provost for finance and operations, he will make decision recommendations for final consideration. He will also lead or support selected university-level and provost-level initiatives.
Holloway has been instrumental in facilitating the discussion, analysis, and synthesis of feedback received by academic leadership throughout the Our Path Forward process. He helped identify and prioritize plans for new academic programs and expansion.