Appointment of new provost

Published: May 2nd, 2008

Category: Memos

J. Bernard Machen, President

It is my pleasure to announce that Joe Glover, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named provost of the University of Florida. Joe will assume his new duties July 1, 2008.

After much consideration, I decided to appoint someone from within the university who has the knowledge and experience to help UF during this difficult period, when there is a fiscal crisis as well as a statewide struggle over governance in higher education.

As the interim dean of CLAS and a former associate provost, Joe has extensive familiarity with UF. In addition, he is well versed in Florida’s budget process and its effect on higher education. Joe has proven himself as solid, knowledgeable and well-respected. He has the perfect combination of foresight and institutional memory, and that makes him the ideal person for this job.

Joe has served as interim CLAS dean since January 2007. He was associate provost for six years, including nine months as interim provost. His responsibilities included enrollment management, tenure and promotion and other faculty issues. He chaired the Task Force on the Future of the University of Florida, participated in developing the university strategic plan, and represents UF on the executive board of the New World School of the Arts.

Joe’s relationship with UF dates to 1982 when he was named an assistant professor in the department of mathematics. He was department chairman from 1993 to 1998 and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2001.

A native of New York, Glover received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Diego. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Rochester before joining the University of Florida faculty. He also held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD in 1982. His awards include an NSF-CNRS fellowship held at the Universite de Grenoble II, a CLAS Teaching Award and a mentoring award from the McKnight Foundation.

Please join me in congratulating Joe on his new assignment.

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