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UK president named to national committee

University of Kentucky president Lee T. Todd Jr. has been appointed to the National Academies' Committee on Research Universities. The appointment was announced Friday.

The committee is to conduct a study of public and private research universities in the United States and how they stand up to to such institutions internationally on the basis of things such as finances and organization.

In addition, the committee will determine what is needed to maintain excellence in education and ensure America's ability to address 21st century issues.

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, said that Todd "brings the perspective of a strong Middle America university to this committee," which also includes representatives from the University of Texas system, Cornell University, Morehouse College, Citicorp, Eli Lilly and Cisco Systems.

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