The University of Kentucky has filled three of its four open dean positions, including hiring a husband and wife duo away from the University of Oklahoma.
UK has tapped Mary John O'Hair, who has been Oklahoma's vice provost for school and community partnerships, as its College of Education dean and her husband, H. Dan O'Hair, a presidential professor in Oklahoma's department of communications, as the new College of Communications and Information Studies dean.
Mark Kornbluh, chairman of Michigan State University's history department, is UK's pick for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The university confirmed Wednesday that the three had been hired as deans pending approval of the board of trustees at its meeting Tuesday.
The O'Hairs are thought to be the first spouses hired as deans simultaneously at UK.
Mary John O'Hair will replace interim education dean Rosetta Sandidge, who took over the college a year ago when then-dean James Cibulka left UK to become president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
H. Dan O'Hair will follow J. David Johnson as the leader of the Communications and Information Studies college. Johnson is returning to the classroom as a full-time professor.
Kornbluh will relieve Philip Harling, who has been the Arts and Sciences interim dean since former dean Steven Hoch became provost at Washington State University.
UK, which hired a College of Law dean this spring, recently launched a search for a new Pharmacy College dean to replace Kenneth B. Roberts, who stepped down in April.
Last week, UK Provost Kumble R. Subbaswamy tapped a professor and chairman in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as the interim dean of the college.