Chairman Updates

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To: University of Florida Family and Friends

Re: Presidential Search Update


Dear UF friends and family,

Thank you for your support and engagement as we proceed with the nationwide and worldwide search for the University of Florida’s next president. There is unanimous support on the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees to seek an exceptionally well-qualified leader with a distinguished academic career and the many other abilities needed to help UF become a top-10 public Association of American Universities institution and be strong in the coming years.

I want to give you an update on other activities to date and planned for the summer. The busiest time for the search will be in the fall, when faculty and students return to campus.

Conversations with Experts—AAU and APLU

I met recently with Dr. Hunter Rawlings, III, the president of the AAU and former president of Cornell University, and Peter McPherson, J.D., the president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and former president of Michigan State University. From my outreach, I have learned there is excitement in the academic research world about UF’s preeminence hiring initiative and our state leaders’ alignment with UF’s goals. UF is well positioned to attract a pool of talented university leaders from around the country for the opportunity to be president of our great university.


Executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates has received a number of nominations for the position of president. They are posted on the president search website at under The Position tab and will continue to be posted there as they are received. Nomination alone does not mean an individual is necessarily interested in, or qualified to be, president. Anyone who applies will be considered at the appropriate time in the process under the comprehensive search criteria approved in May.

Next Meetings

The Compensation Subcommittee will meet July 7 and the Search Committee, Board of Trustees Governance Committee and full Board of Trustees will meet soon after to consider the market range for peer presidential compensation. The Communications and Marketing Subcommittee will meet later in July to review the advertisement for the president position. The full Search Committee will meet Sept. 5.   All meetings will be live-streamed. Please go to the search website for meeting notices and live-stream connection information.

Board Update

It is my honor to have been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees recently, and trustee and Search Committee Vice Chairman David Thomas was elected as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. Our two-year terms of service begin July 1.  I want to recognize the exceptional leadership of C. David Brown, II, who served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the past two years. UF is indeed in a strong position to recruit the very best leader for UF’s future.

I hope your summer is off to a good start, and I look forward to the work this summer and in the fall on the presidential search. Your continued engagement is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Steven M. Scott, M.D.
Chairman, UF Presidential Search Committee
Chairman-elect, UF Board of Trustees