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The University of Louisville’s College of Business has announced the final candidates in the search for a new dean, which includes four men from out-of-state universities, but not the school’s current interim dean.

After less than a year as dean of the College of Business, Carolyn Callahan abruptly stepped down from the position in 2014 to take a personal leave before becoming assistant provost. Callahan was replaced by Rohan Christie-David, who has held the position of interim dean since that time.

The selection committee interviewed a number of applicants, and the final candidates are:

  • Dr. Timothy Judge, who just became an associate dean at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in January. In the five months previous to that position, he was a department chair in the same college.
  • Dr. Brian Klass, the senior associate dean at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business since 2011.
  • Dr. Paul Paylou, an associate dean at Temple University’s Fox School of Business since 2013.
  • Dr. David Urban, the dean of Middle Tennessee State University’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business since 2013.

In the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of business schools, the University of Louisville ranked No. 70. Notre Dame is ranked 25, Temple is ranked 41, South Carolina is ranked 74, and Middle Tennessee State is not ranked.

The final choice for the dean will be made by President James Ramsey and interim provost Neville Pinto, with the Board of Trustees then having to approve this selection.

U of L’s Kent School of Social Work — ranked 37 among such schools — also announced its final five candidates to replace Dr. Terry Singer, who has been its dean for nearly two decades. All of those candidates are also from out-of-state schools.

The search committee for U of L’s new provost has not yet announced their final candidates. Pinto became the interim provost after Shirley Willihnganz stepped down from the position last February.

Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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