The summer in north Florida really ends around the third week of September. But the Fall session here starts in August. I hope that you were comfortable wherever you were in the past few months. It was warm and toasty here in Gainesville. Welcome Back!
President Machen has had a great year in Tallahassee with the Legislature declaring the University of Florida as preeminent. Along with this designation came reaffirmation and continued (and increased) funding for several other initiatives. This fall, we welcome more than 40 new preeminence faculty into the Gator family with more searches continuing. Preeminence is here to stay!
It seems not too long ago that we were conducting a search for a new President that ended with the appointment of President Machen. Time has passed quickly with a decade of historical significance. Several long standing issues were resolved during that decade such as the university deciding tuition and fees and the preeminence declaration. We are now in the early stages of searching for the 12th president of the university. Four faculty are part of the Presidential Search Committee: Marc Heft (Dentistry), Harry Klee (IFAS), Vasudha Narayanan (CLAS) and Rick Yost (CLAS). The committee approved a list of criteria which was reconsidered by the faculty earlier in light of new times, economy and expectations. Previously gathered questions for the open faculty-candidate forum are being reviewed and updated, due this week. For more information about the Presidential Search, please visit the website at: http://presidentsearch.ufl.edu/.
This upcoming year will be an exciting time for the University and I look forward to working with you as Faculty Senate Chair.
Chair, Faculty Senate