I want to warmly welcome you to the UF Faculty Senate's website.
President Machen 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 retired 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, W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced Fox), formerly the Provost at Cornell. 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, 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 began on January 2, 2015. We welcome him warmly to Gainesville and Gator nation.
As I write this in January, I am nearing the end of my term. I will retire on April 1. Paul Davenport, Distinguished Professor in the College of Vet Med will take over for the last two months. 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