Students, staff and faculty:
It was encouraging to see the many responses to my request for nominations to lead the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as its interim dean. Thank you to all who took time to submit a thoughtful nomination.
After carefully considering the names put forward, I’ve asked Professor John Colombo, currently the interim vice chancellor for research and director of the Life Span Institute, to take on the role as interim dean on July 1 after the departure of Clarence Lang at the end of the academic year.
John is a proven leader and is skilled at stepping up during times of transition. During his 37 years at KU he has built a distinguished career and has developed environments that support the success of our students, staff and faculty.
His service to KU includes leading the Life Span Institute since 2007. He also works as the director and principal investigator of the KU Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. For nearly two decades he served as faculty chair of the Human Subjects Committee on the Lawrence campus. He was an associate dean of the Graduate School and was acting chair of the Department of Psychology from 2005 to 2006.
I have great confidence that John will be a wise, supportive, and collaborative leader of the College as we work to advance the university. Please join me in thanking him for his continued dedication to KU.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor