And Batman is up for provost

Why so serious, faculty?

"Somebody between God and Superman," is the way Jim Stuckert, chairman of the University of Kentucky's presidential search committee, jokingly described the person wanted for UK's next president.

But he might not be too far off, based on a series of forums held Friday for faculty, students, staff and administrators to discuss the replacement for President Lee T. Todd Jr., who will step down June 30.

Based on their comments, the successful candidate should be a star academic at the top of administrative ranks, a fantastic fund-raiser who can also sweet talk the legislature for a share of dwindling state dollars, and an intellectual who brings a global perspective to learning while also governing the UK Medical Center and UK Athletics.

And then there's that whole issue of getting UK to top 20 status among the nation's public research universities. Stuckert called the search the UK Board of Trustees' most important job.

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