university libraries, and she was the assistant director at the Ohio State University
libraries -- the position from which she comes to join UK. She was recognized for a
number of accomplishments at Ohio State but certainly her leadership and direction for
the OhioLINK Project, generally recognized as one of the outstanding consortia of
research libraries in the United States, is one particular feature that brought her candidacy
to the forefront at UK.
Provost Nietzel reported that UK had a superb national search and a wonderful
pool of applicants. Three really good people were brought to campus for interviews. Ms.
Diedrichs enjoyed terrific support from the libraries as well as from colleagues outside
the libraries with whom she would work. This is a great appointment for UK. He said
that he was pleased that she and her husband, Frank, could be at the meeting. He
welcomed Ms. Diedrichs and asked her to say a few remarks.
Ms. Diedrichs said that Provost Nietzel did a wonderful job telling the Board of
the fine role of the library on UK campus. It does, indeed, have a fabulous national
reputation, and that is in no small part from the support from the Board of Trustees, the
University administration, as well as the library's donors. The staff and faculty in the
library are very talented and very capable. She said that she looked forward to working
with them and building on their success. She is very excited to come to UK in July.
President Todd recognized Dr. Lori Gonzales and asked her to stand and be
recognized. Ms. Gonzales is an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow this year.
She has already served some time away from the UK campus and will serve the last six
months on UK campus. She is a great credit to UK and represents the University well as
she works with other ACE fellows throughout the country.
Mr. Reed asked for a motion to approve PR 3. Ms. Sims moved approval. Her
motion, seconded by Ms. Young, carried without dissent. (See PR 3 at the end of the
F. University Research Professorships (PR 4)
President Todd said that PR 4 is the recognition and announcement of the
University Research Professors for 2003-2004. This process actually began back in
1976, and the Board approved the first Research Professorships on March 8, 1977. He
said it was his pleasure to recommend the naming of Professors Carol Baskin,
Department of Biology, Tom Dillehay, Department of Anthropology, and Herbert Fertig,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Jeremy Popkin, Department of History. He
asked them to stand and be recognized, following which they received a round of
applause. On motion made by Ms. Smith Edge, seconded by Mr. Chellgren and
approved, PR 4 was passed without dissent. (See PR 4 at the end of the Minutes.)