Diane Snow, dean of the Honors College, is accused of verbally and physically assaulting a student.

The John V. Roach Honors College has a new dean.

Dr. Diane Snow, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as the college’s new dean after an “extensive national search,” according to an email from Provost Nowell Donovan.

Snow will take over for Interim Dean Sarah Robbins, a Lorraine Sherley Professor in Literature. Robbins, who took over as acting dean in 2014, was one of three finalists for the position.

“I greatly appreciate Sarah’s commitment to strong, transparent and strategic planning,” Donovan wrote. “Sarah’s contributions add luster to the history of the College.”

Snow, who has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Case Western University, is the director of the honors program at the University of Kentucky. She is also the university’s director of undergraduate research and holds an endowed chair in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, according to the email from Donovan.

Snow will take over as dean in August.


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