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Campus Community, 

As you may know, Vice President and Dean Nancy Cox has notified us of her plans to retire from the university, upon the hiring of her replacement including transition time.  

We are deeply appreciative of Vice President and Dean Cox for her unwavering service, dedication and leadership to both the university and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Dr. Cox held the roles of vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. These are both vital roles to the University of Kentucky. They represent who we are and what we do for our state and beyond. 

The search process will begin soon with the goal of naming the next vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment by early fall.  

As a land-grant institution, the role of the vice president for land-grant engagement is charged with suffusing the entire institution with the land-grant ethos — that commitment to service across our other missions of education, research and care as well as increasing the strength we have in transdisciplinary efforts. To that end, Dr. Cox has inaugurated the UK Engage effort with partners across campus to examine best practices and invest in pilot programs and initiatives around engagement. 

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s threefold land-grant mission — teaching, research and extension — serves the Commonwealth in diverse ways. They give students the skills to solve problems. They discover and deliver new knowledge and technologies through research and extension. Their goal is to improve the lives of residents across Kentucky. The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is continuing the outstanding tradition of discovery, outreach and education at the University of Kentucky. Together, the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the college “grow ideas” and solve problems. 

The first step in the selection process is to form a search advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni. In accordance with Governing Regulation VIII, which states that a request be made for a recommendation on matters of appointments from a committee, and as part of our efforts to enhance communication, transparency, inclusion and shared governance, the Office of the Provost, on behalf of the Office of the President, is seeking nominations to the search advisory committee. All recommendations and justifications are confidential. 

To nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the search advisory committee, please click here. Nominations are due Wednesday, May 22, at 5 p.m.  

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Shavonna Ross, director of operations (, Office of the Provost.  

Thank you in advance for your valuable input. We appreciate all that you do to advance Kentucky.

Eli Capilouto, President
Robert S. DiPaola, Provost