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Former UK dean placed on leave in Washington State

Steven L. Hoch, the former dean of arts and sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been placed on paid personal leave at his request less than two months after becoming provost — the top academic officer — at Washington State University's main campus in Pullman.

President Elson S. Floyd gave no reason when he announced Monday that he had granted the leave for an indefinite period.

Floyd and Hoch met Monday. They have declined to comment to the Associated Press and to The Daily Evergreen, the student newspaper.

The Daily Evergreen reported that Hoch sent an e-mail to deans and chancellors at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Hoch, a specialist in modern Russian history, accepted the Washington State job in May and began work Aug. 1.

Hoch's duties will be assumed by Warwick Bayly, who will also continue as dean of veterinary medicine.