After a grueling process spanning several years, the University of Florida's 12th President has been named. Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced “fox,” will be joining the Gator Nation as President Jan. 1, 2015 pending ratification by the Florida Board of Governors.
Certainly a qualified candidate, Dr. Fuchs served as Provost for Cornell University since 2008 where his duties included overseeing 14 academic colleges, managing $2.2 billion in annual expenditures and winning $500 million in annual sponsored research. Originally from South Florida, Dr. Fuchs endured a rigorous selection process in order to return to Florida.
UF’s search committee combed through applications, narrowing it down to Dr. Fuchs and Dr. David McLaughlin, Provost of New York University. The competitors were then interviewed by a community assembly, a faculty assembly and then finally by UF’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Fuchs emerged a winner promising, “I will devote for the next 10 years all of my energies, all of my experience, all of my talents, and all of my abilities to achieve the aspirations you have for this great university to make it even greater than it is today."
Dr. Fuchs holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Duke, and a Master of Science, Master of Divinity, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. A major factor in this selection process was UF’s Preeminence initiative, which aims to put UF in the top 10 rankings among public schools. Dr. Fuchs experience shaping Cornell’s strategic plan to put them in the top 10 global rankings will suit him well for carrying out the goals of the Gator Nation, and we look forward to what he will achieve!
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