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The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver soon will bid goodbye to Dean Christine Riordan.

Riordan, who has been at Daniels for five years, is leaving to become provost at the University of Kentucky, starting in the fall. She’ll also hold a faculty position at Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business.

“My family and I have absolutely enjoyed Denver and we love the University of Denver and the Daniels College of Business,” Riordan said. “It’s with a great deal of sadness that we are leaving. And we know we’re walking away with lifetime friends.”

The provost is a school’s chief academic officer, Riordan said, and added she’ll focus on such areas as academic quality, research, planning, budget, enrollment, retention of students, program quality and more.

Daniels achieved higher national rankings during Riordan’s tenure, with Business Week moving its professional MBA program from No. 56 nationally to No. 25, and also ranked Daniels No. 5 for its ethics focus; the magazine also listed the undergraduate program in the top 70 nationally for the last three years; and the Financial Times ranked the executive MBA program in the top 100 in the world for four years — the nation has 3,600 business schools and 13,000 worldwide.