Gregory L. Geoffroy, the top academic administrator at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a finalist for the presidency of two state universities, it was announced yesterday.
The 54-year-old Geoffroy is among five people being considered at Iowa State University and one of the final three at the University of Kentucky.
"I want to emphasize that I am extremely happy here," said Geoffroy, who has been at UM less than four years. "It is a wonderful time to be in Maryland, both at the university and in the state because of the great support for higher education.
"But these are both interesting opportunities. And at this stage in my career, I should look at such opportunities when they come along."
Geoffroy, who is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UM, said that he did not apply for either of the presidencies but that both schools sought him out.
He is scheduled to visit the two universities next week for public meetings - Kentucky on Wednesday and Iowa State on Jan. 19 and 20.
The University of Kentucky trustees have scheduled a meeting Jan. 19 to make their selection. At Iowa State, the search panel's recommendation is expected shortly after the five candidates end their visits Jan. 23, but it must be forwarded to the state's Board of Regents for a final decision.
A chemist, Geoffroy spent most of his career at Pennsylvania State University, starting as an assistant professor in 1974. He rose to head the chemistry department and had been dean of the College of Science for eight years when he came to UM as provost in 1997.
He was hired at Maryland by then-President William "Brit" Kirwan, who left for Ohio State University and was succeeded by C. D. "Dan" Mote Jr., who took office in 1998.
Geoffroy received his undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville and his doctorate from California Institute of Technology.