Schaffer to Retire as Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Gail F. Baker, Vice President
UF Vice President for Administrative Affairs Gerald Schaffer announced his retirement effective Aug. 31. Schaffer, 59, has served as the university’s administrative vice president since June 1990, while his overall tenure at UF stretches back to 1964.
“Gerald Schaffer leaves a University of Florida that has become more vibrant and financially stronger because of his service, ” said UF Interim President Charles E. Young. “It is nearly impossible to find someone who has remained so committed to bettering an institution of higher education than Vice President Schaffer.”
Schaffer leaves as the University of Florida has established itself on strong financial footing and over the years has thoroughly integrated electronic technology into various business and administrative systems. The computerization of university status reporting procedures has created an ever increasing potential for efficiency.
A graduate of the University of Tampa in 1964 with a business degree, Schaffer has served on numerous university wide committees, including the boards of directors for the UF Foundation, the University Athletic Association, the University of Florida Research Foundation and Shands HealthCare.
He has served in leadership roles with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and the National Association of Land Grant Colleges. He also has been involved with Gainesville community activities such as the Leadership Gainesville program, the Gainesville Regional Transit System and the Gator Exchange Club.