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Photo of Kumble SubbaswamySubbaswamy Is New UK Provost
Kumble Subbaswamy has returned to his old Kentucky home—the University of Kentucky. For nearly 20 years, “Swamy,” as his friends and colleagues call him, was a faculty member and department chairman in physics and astronomy, and an administrator in the College of Arts and Sciences at UK. As provost, Subbaswamy, who most recently was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, is UK’s chief academic officer, overseeing 16 colleges, UK Libraries and the Graduate School.

“I feel truly honored and excited to be back at UK in an academic leadership position at this critical juncture in its history,” Subbaswamy says. “As a ‘complete’ university—a flagship land-grant university with an on-campus medical school—UK has the opportunity to be a national model for the expanded role a 21st-century public university should play in the state, nation and the world.”

“Dr. Subbaswamy comes to us with a deep understanding for—and love of—this institution, combined with a record of excellence at other leading universities,” says UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

“Lexington is where I have spent the most time in my life, and both my children were born here,” Subbaswamy says. “My family and I are happy to be back in the Bluegrass.”—Jay Blanton

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