- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - The University of Cincinnati plans a national search for a new president, after Santa Ono (OH’-noh) accepted the presidency of the University of British Columbia.

Ono’s return to his home area comes as the Ohio school of some 44,000 students prepares for its bicentennial in 2019 and pushes to join the Big 12 Conference.

The school on Monday named Beverly Davenport, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, to serve as interim president. Davenport could be a candidate to become UC’s 29th president, telling The Cincinnati Enquirer she needs time to think about it but: “Leaders want to lead.”

Board of Trustees Chairman Rob Richardson Jr. says the school will retain a professional search firm and appoint a presidential search committee. He says more details will be forthcoming.

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