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University of Central Florida selects Tony Waldrop as new provost

University of Central Florida
May 24, 2010
Following a nationwide search, the University of Central Florida has selected renowned researcher and academic leader Tony Waldrop as its new provost.

Since 2001, Waldrop has served as vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In this position, he has been responsible for 12 university-wide research support offices and 15 research centers.

Previously, Waldrop was vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Physical Education and a Ph.D. in Physiology, all from UNC.

“Dr. Waldrop’s leadership at the University of North Carolina has been outstanding, and we are pleased to bring this innovative academic leader and researcher to UCF,” said President John Hitt. “Tony will help us continue to offer an affordable, high-quality education to support a wide range of scholarship in the classic disciplines and emerging fields. He also will help us continue to support the economic, cultural, intellectual and societal needs of Central Florida.”

Waldrop will start at UCF on Aug. 1. Provost and Executive Vice President Terry Hickey, who has held the position since 2003, will retire on June 30. Vice Provost Diane Chase will serve as interim provost.

The provost is the second-highest ranking officer of the university and provides academic leadership for the university’s 12 colleges, multiple campuses and research centers and institutes. The provost oversees academic support services and student services and is responsible for curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development and promotion and tenure decisions.
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