University of Kentucky provost Kumble Subbaswamy was one of two runners-up for the president's job at the University of Illinois, according to the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette newspaper.
Michael Hogan, who had been president of the University of Connecticut system of seven campuses, became Illinois' president after a six-month search that yielded a single "finalist," much as the University of Kentucky's 2011 search for president yielded a single finalist in Eli Capilouto.
No other candidates were identified. But the Illinois newspaper waged a yearlong legal battle to obtain information that identified additional candidates.
The runners-up for the job were Subbaswamy and David Daniel, president of the University of Texas at Dallas.
Subbaswamy was out of the office yesterday.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton said that the provost didn't have any comment "except to relay that the process referenced in the article occurred more than a year ago and while he was honored by their interest, he is very happy at the University of Kentucky."
Subbaswamy has been provost since 2006. Before that, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, beginning in 2000.