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UK president Todd to meet with Obama

University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. will be part of a delegation of university leaders who will meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and pledge to help reduce the nation's deficit of math and science teachers.

Todd and three others are scheduled to deliver to Obama a letter signed by 79 university leaders in which they pledge to "substantially increase the number and diversity of high-quality science and mathematics teachers we prepare," as well as to work closely with other universities, colleges, school systems, state governments and businesses to develop those teachers.

Specifically, 39 institutions and three university systems — including UK — say they plan to at least double the number of math and science teachers who graduate by 2015, according to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The other three university leaders joining Todd in delivering the letter to Obama will be Kansas University's chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University System of Maryland's chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan, and University of Colorado chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.

The meeting will take place as part of the White House's "Educate to Innovate" campaign, in which Obama will honor science and math teachers from across the country.

Obama also is expected to announce that companies, foundations and science and engineering societies will be involved in the efforts to bolster math and science education, according to a news release from the White House.