Dr. W. Kent Fuchs

The University of Florida and the UF Board of Trustees are proud to announce Dr. W. Kent Fuchs as UF's 12th President-elect.

"I will devote for the next 10 years all of my energies, all of my experience, all of my talents, and all of my abilities to achieve the aspirations you have for this great university to make it even greater than it is today."

UF President-elect W. Kent Fuchs

About the President-elect

 

W. Kent Fuchs has served since 2008 as Provost of Cornell University, where he oversees 14 academic colleges and schools, $2.2 billion in annual expenditures, and $500 million in annual sponsored and organized research.

As Cornell's Chief Administrative Officer, Fuchs developed Cornell's Strategic Plan for achieving academic preeminence as one of the world's top 10 universities; launched a university-wide reimagining initiative that enhanced Cornell's academic stature; and led a team and a strategy that resulted in the creation of a new graduate applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City, in partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Fuchs is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); and Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering; Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Illinois Electrical & Computer Engineering Department; and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, University of Illinois College of Engineering. Additional distinctions include University Scholar (Faculty), University of Illinois; and Fellow (Faculty), Center for Advanced Studies, University of Illinois.

Prior to becoming Cornell's Provost, Fuchs was the Joseph Silbert Dean of the Cornell University College of Engineering (2002-2008). He served as Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and was the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor (1996-2002) and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois (1985-1996).

He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1985; a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1984; a Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1982; and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in 1977.

Fuchs' wife, Linda, taught at the King's Academy in West Palm Beach before they met. He graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School, and his two younger brothers and stepmother live in south Florida. Kent and Linda have three sons and one daughter ranging in age from 31 to 24 (Micah, Eric, Isaac and Christine). Eric is married to their daughter-in-law, Mikaela, and Eric and Mikaela have a two-month old son, Henry.

UF Presidential History

Bernie Machen

2004-Present

Charles E. Young

1999-2004

John Lombardi

1990-1999

Robert Bryan

Interim, 1989-1990

Marshall Criser

1984-1989

Robert Q. Marston

1974-1984

E.T. York

Interim, 1973-1974

J. Wayne Reitz

1955-1967

John Allen

Interim, 1953-1955

J. Hillis Miller

1948-1953

Harold Hume

Interim, 1947-1948

John J. Tigert

1928-1947

James Farr

Interim, 1927-1928

Albert Murphree

1909-1927

Andrew Sledd

1904-1909

Reactions to the News

"I have worked at the University of Florida for more than 30 years, and every time we've searched for a new president we've made excellent choices. With today's announcement, that remarkable chain remains unbroken."

Pradeep Kumar, UF Faculty Senate Chair

"This is great news for the University of Florida and especially for UF students. Today's announcement means the quality of the education we receive and the degrees we earn will continue to grow."

Cory Yeffet, UF student body president

"Kent Fuchs is a terrific person and a terrific university leader. He is smart, highly organized, consultative, yet also decisive. Moreover, Kent is a person of high integrity and strong vision. He will be a superb leader for the University of Florida as well as a great colleague for his fellow AAU presidents and chancellors."

Hunter Rawlings, President, Association of American Universities

"I congratulate Chairman Steve Scott and the University of Florida Board of Trustees for completing a successful and far-reaching search for their next president. The University of Florida has chosen a seasoned and respected leader for Board confirmation. The Board looks forward to learning about how Dr. Fuchs' impressive background and experience contribute to his vision for UF."

Morteza "Mori" Hosseini, Chair, State University System Board of Governors

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Press Release

Cornell University provost Kent Fuchs named UF's next president

October 15, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, was named the 12th president of the University of Florida today by the UF Board of Trustees.

The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Fuchs' appointment requires ratification by the Florida Board of Governors, which is scheduled to meet on Nov. 5 and 6.

"Dr. Fuchs brings to the University of Florida all of the important qualities we have been seeking in our next president," said Dr. Steve M. Scott, chair of the Board of Trustees. "He is a distinguished academic who has very effectively served as provost and chief operating officer of the nation's 15th best institution among all universities."

Fuchs brings 20 years of leadership at member institutions of the Association of American Universities, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University. Fuchs (pronounced fox) has served for the past 12 years as a dean and then provost at Cornell, which, like UF, is a land-grant institution that has a wide range of colleges and professional schools.

"With the great privilege and responsibility you have given me, I will devote all of my energies, talents and abilities to helping move the University of Florida toward its preeminence goals," Fuchs said. "We won't be complacent. We will focus on being an even greater institution than we are today."

At Cornell, Fuchs, 59, developed a strategic plan for achieving preeminence as one of the world's top-10 universities and launched a universitywide initiative to enhance Cornell's academic stature. Among his major accomplishments was his role in the university's selection by New York City to build a graduate school of applied sciences on Roosevelt Island. Fuchs led the effort for Cornell, which in partnership with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is building Cornell Tech on 12 acres the city provided.

Scott also pointed to Fuchs' experience overseeing a $2.2 billion operating budget and 6,600 full-time employees, developing a budget model and enhancing diversity through Cornell's Toward New Destinations program.

Over his career, Fuchs was personally responsible for raising $1 billion in gifts, including donations of $130 million, $80 million and $50 million.

Prior to becoming provost in 2009, Fuchs was the Joseph Silbert Dean of Cornell's College of Engineering. Earlier in his career, he led of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and taught at the University of Illinois.

Fuchs' distinguished academic background includes designations as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Fuchs received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Duke University, a master's in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a master's and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

His wife, Linda, holds three master's degrees. Her art history research focuses on late Roman and early Christian sculpture. They are looking forward to returning to Florida, where he graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School and she taught at The King's Academy, a private school in West Palm Beach, earlier in her career.

Bernie Machen, who has served as president since 2004, will step down at the end of the year.

UF Student Body President Cory Yeffet said he was excited with the announcement of Fuchs' selection.

"This is great news for the University of Florida and especially for UF students," he said. "Today's announcement means the quality of the education we receive and the degrees we earn will continue to grow."

Faculty Senate Chair Pradeep Kumar was equally happy.

"I have worked at the University of Florida for more than 30 years, and every time we've searched for a new president we've made excellent choices," Kumar said. "With today's announcement, that remarkable chain remains unbroken."

Scott offered his thanks to Miramar Beach-based search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

Contact: Janine Sikes, (352) 214-6807

In the News

Tampa Bay Times:
Editorial: Excellent choice to lead UF

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:56pm


The University of Florida made a bold statement about its high aspirations Wednesday by selecting as its next president W. Kent Fuchs, provost of the Ivy League's Cornell University.

Cornell Chronicle:
Fuchs will excel as UF president, Skorton says

Oct. 15, 2014


On Oct. 15, President David Skorton offered congratulations to Provost Kent Fuchs on his being named the next president of the University of Florida.

GTN News:
New UF President-Elect: Dr. W. Kent Fuchs


The search for a new University of Florida President is over. Dr. Kent Fuchs, the Provost from Cornell University, was offered the position this morning and immediately accepted.

ABC WCJB-TV:
Kent Fuchs Named Florida's New President

October 15th, 2014


Gainesville, Florida -- The University of Florida's board of trustees has selected the university's 12th president.

The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Cornell U. Provost Is Named Next President of U. of Florida

October 15, 2014


W. Kent Fuchs, Cornell University’s provost, was named the University of Florida’s next president on Wednesday.

The Independent Florida Alligator:
UF gets it right with Fuchs presidential selection

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00 am


On Wednesday, the UF Board of Trustees selected Kent Fuchs to be the university’s next president. Fuchs currently serves as the provost of Cornell University, one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning.

Miami Herald:
Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs chosen next University of Florida president

10/15/2014 5:34 PM


A graduate of Miami Killian High School who went on to become provost of Cornell University was chosen to become the 12th president of the University of Florida Wednesday morning.

Florida Trend:
Kent Fuchs chosen as next president of UF

10/15/2014


Dr. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, was named the 12th president of the University of Florida by the UF Board of Trustees. He will assume the position Jan. 1, 2015.

ABC Action News:
UF picks Cornell Provost Fuchs as next president

1:13 PM, Oct 15, 2014


The University of Florida chose Cornell University's provost Wednesday to become the school's next president, replacing Bernie Machen as the state's largest university continues its drive to become a Top 10 public university nationwide.

NBC Miami:
UF Picks Cornell Provost W. Kent Fuchs as Next President

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014


The University of Florida chose Cornell University's provost Wednesday to become the school's next president, replacing Bernie Machen as the state's largest university continues its drive to become a Top 10 public university nationwide.