UF dean finalist for Ariz. provost


Published: Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 10:04 p.m.

Pramod Khargonekar, who announced his resignation as dean of the University of Florida's College of Engineering in November, is a finalist for the provost slot at the University of Arizona, UA officials confirmed.

Khargonekar has said he would stay on as UF's dean until August to help for a smooth transition to his successor. At the time of his resignation, he expressed interest in returning to UF's faculty to pursue teaching and research interests.

Khargonekar is slated for an interview at UA Jan. 31, according to a news release from the university. This isn't the first time Khargonekar has sought a provost position. He was a candidate for the same position at UF, which is now held by Janie Fouke.

Since Khargonekar took the helm at UF in 2001, the College of Engineering has moved up to No. 26 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report rankings from No. 35. Among public universities, the college is now ranked No. 16.

The college also established a biomedical engineering department under Khargonekar's leadership.

Jack Stripling can be reached at 352-374-5064 or Jack.Stripling@gvillesun.com.

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