Kumble Subbaswamy, who has served as the provost of the University of Kentucky since 2006 is leaving to accept the Chancellorship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; the school announced Monday. Subbaswamy was one of four finalists for the position. In a release the Amherst Board of Trustees, describes Dr. Subbaswamy as "a proven academic leader who will guide the Amherst campus to new heights...he has the experience, vision, intellect and drive to move the flagship campus forward."
Kumble Subbaswamy joined the University of Kentucky physics faculty in 1978. His career path later led him to the University of Miami where he served as dean of arts and sciences from 1997 to 2000, then to Indiana University where he held the same position from 2000 to 2006.
Subbaswamy had previously been a finalist for the presidency at Iowa State University and the University of Utah.
Late Monday, UK President Eli Capilouto sent out a campus-wide email thanking Subbaswamy for his long years of service to the university.
"It is not surprising that an exemplary university such as UMass Amherst would want someone of Swamy’s caliber to be at the helm. He is, quite simply, an outstanding scholar and administrator. We have been fortunate to have him as part of our community for so much of his career", Capilouto said.