Capaldi Chooses UB

Provost Elizabeth Capaldi, one of three candidates for the position of chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, has withdrawn her name from contention.

"I have decided to withdraw from the chancellor search at the University of

Capaldi was solicited by the UMass chancellor search committee, said UB President William R. Greiner. She is UB's third female administrator to be offered a position as leader of another institution of higher education.

The remaining two finalists in for UMass Amherst chancellor are William E. Hogan II, a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and chairman and CEO of The Hogan Company of Minneapolis; and John V. Lombardi, director of the University of Florida Center for Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, past president of the University of Florida, and Capaldi's former boss.

Capaldi has been at UB for two years, during which time she has worked to reduce debt within the university, lifted the hiring freeze within the College of Arts and Sciences and overseen the commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for the Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics.

Not only has there been a "loud chorus from the Buffalo community," but Capaldi must also feel that she has some unfinished business here at UB, surmised Vice President for Research Jaylan Turkkan.