UF Welcomes Dr. Kent Fuchs as 12th President

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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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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