I want to warmly welcome you to the UF Faculty Senate's website.
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 60 new preeminence faculty into the Gator family with more searches continuing. Preeminence is here to stay!
President Machen will retire at the end of the year after a decade of historical significance. Notwithstanding the economic reversals of that time, several longstanding issues were resolved during that decade, such as the university deciding tuition and fees and the preeminence declaration. He implemented his vision of Machen Opportunity Scholars, which may well be the most profound innovation in UF's diversity program.
We have a new President-elect, W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced Fox), currently Provost of the Cornell University. Dr. Fuchs was selected with a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees on October 15, 2014. Dr. Fuchs went to high school at Miami Killian, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, and then went to Trinity Evangelical Seminary where he met his wife Linda, who is also from Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and served on its faculty. He also served as a Dean of Engineering at Purdue and Cornell. His term will begin on January 1, 2015. We welcome him to Gainesville and Gator nation.
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