February 4, 2019

UConn set to appoint 16th president on Tuesday

Photo | University of Virginia
Photo | University of Virginia
Thomas C. Katsouleas is expected to be named the 16th president of UConn on Tuesday.
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Outgoing UConn President Susan Herbst.

UConn's board of trustees on Tuesday will vote on appointing the school's 16th president, which is rumored to be the University of Virginia's provost and executive vice president.

Connecticut's flagship state university has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m., when it's expected to appoint Thomas C. Katsouleas to succeed outgoing President Susan Herbst, according to people familiar with the six-month hiring process.

UConn says it will broadcast the meeting, held in the North Reading Room of the Wilbur Cross Building at its Storrs campus, on the school's Facebook page.

The school launched a national search for Herbst's replacement last summer with help from a 44-member committee and Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Isaacson, Miller Inc.

Herbst, who has spent the last eight years as UConn's president, has said she will return to the classroom this summer as a professor.

UConn confirmed Monday that Gov. Ned Lamont has met with the recommended candidate, but has not publically named Katsouleas as its finalist for president.

An inventor and researcher, Katsouleas, 60, spent 14 years teaching at the University of Southern California before serving as dean of Duke University's engineering school for seven years. He became provost, which is the chief academic officer, at the University of Virginia in 2015.

Katsouleas was recently a finalist for the presidency at the University of Utah.

He earned a bachelor's degree and Ph.D in physics from UCLA in 1979 and 1984, respectively.

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