UF announces Presidential Search Committee and advisors to the Search Chair


University of Florida Board of Trustees Chair Morteza “Mori” Hosseini has announced both the Presidential Search Committee and a list of advisors to the Search Chair to “identify highly qualified candidates for the critical position of UF’s 13th president” following President Kent Fuchs’ announcement that he will step down in the next year.

Rahul Patel will serve as chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Joining Patel on the Committee are the following 14 members:

  • Mr. Doug Band, UF Foundation National Board
  • Dr. David Bloom, UF Faculty Representative, Faculty Senate Chair and Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Mr. David Duda, UF Alumnus
  • Mr. Manny Fernandez, UF Alumnus
  • Ms. Lauren Lemasters, UF Student and Student Body President-Elect
  • Mr. Charles Lydecker, Florida Board of Governors
  • Dr. Lisa Lundy, UF Faculty Representative, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Dr. Duane Mitchell, UF Faculty Representative, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Ms. Marsha Powers, UF Trustee
  • Mr. Fred Ridley, UF Trustee
  • Ms. Laura Rosenbury, Dean, UF Levin College of Law
  • Mr. Bob Stilley, UF Alumnus
  • Ms. Lynda Tealer, Executive Associate Athletics Director, University Athletics Association
  • Ms. Anita Zucker, UF Trustee

The Search Committee is advisory and will ultimately recommend a small number of highly-qualified candidates to the UF Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will interview the finalists and select the next president of the University of Florida, with the Board of Governors of the State University System ratifying. The Committee will be assisted by SP&A Executive Search, the executive search firm selected by the Board of Trustees. 

The following individuals will serve as advisors to Hosseini and Patel during the process:

  • Scott Angle, UF Vice President for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Paul Broadie II, President, Santa Fe College
  • Kent Fuchs, UF President
  • Joseph Glover, UF Senior Vice President and Provost
  • Amy Meyers Hass, UF Vice President and General Counsel (legal advisor to the Search Committee)
  • Charles Lane, UF Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (administrative liaison to the Search Committee)
  • Marsha McGriff, UF Chief Diversity Officer
  • Tom Mitchell, UF Vice President for Advancement and Executive Vice President for the UF Foundation
  • Saby Mitra, Dean, UF Warrington College of Business
  • David Nelson, UF Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and President of UF Health
  • Mary Parker, UF Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost
  • Nicole Perez Stedman, UF Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Scott Stricklin, UF Athletic Director