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UK Provost Christine Riordan Named New President Of Adelphi U.

Christine Riordan, the provost at the University of Kentucky has been named the 10th president of the New York-based Adelphi University.

Trustees at Adelphi said on Tuesday that Riordan was unanimously chosen to succeed Robert A. Scott. He's served as president since 2000.

Riordan, who starts July 1, 2015, will be the first woman to lead Adelphi in its 118-year history.

She has spent the past two years as provost at the University of Kentucky.

In a release from the University of Kentucky, President Eli Capilouto said:

As a nationally ranked, doctoral research institution, Adelphi has an ambitious vision to be the region's leading private university. In Chris Riordan, they have recruited and selected as their next leader someone with widely recognized skills as an educator, scholar, communicator, advocate, and fundraiser.  Although her tenure with us has been relatively brief, Chris' leadership over the past 18 months has been at the heart of a number of initiatives important to the success of the University of Kentucky. In particular, she worked closely with Don Witt and his outstanding enrollment management team in recruiting UK's largest, most academically accomplished and diverse first-year class in our history. In addition, Chris played a pivotal role as we have doubled the number of students participating in our live and learn programs, which are critical to student success. Chris also has been instrumental in recruiting some outstanding new deans to lead our colleges, among many other initiatives.

From 2008 to 2013, Riordan served as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Adelphi, based in Garden City, New York has about 8,000 undergraduate students.

It also has facilities in Manhattan, Suffolk County and Poughkeepsie.