Health college dean a finalist for provost job at Kent State


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:09 a.m.
Robert Frank, dean of the University of Florida's College of Public Health and Health Professions, is among four finalists for the provost's position at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Frank says he's very happy in his position at UF, but wanted to examine the possibility of becoming a provost, which is the second-in-command position at most universities.
"I think it would be short-sighted not to look at it if they're willing to have a conversation about it," he said.
During his nearly 12-year tenure at UF, Frank has seen the college add "public health" to its title to define a broadened mission.
"It's been a period of active change for us," he said.
Kent State is interviewing candidates now, and a selection is expected by mid-February, Frank said.
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