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After a national search, UCF selected Youndy Cook as its new Vice President and General Counsel in December 2021.

The Vice President and General Counsel will be an outstanding leader with absolute integrity and excellent, seasoned judgement. They will be a forward-thinking and collaborative attorney and a key partner and leading voice on the University’s senior leadership team, implementing the strategic vision and direction of UCF. This university-wide leadership position is the chief legal officer for UCF and reports directly to UCF President and the UCF Board of Trustees.

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Search Details

AGB Search is assisting the Vice President and General Counsel, University of Central Florida Search Committee with this leadership search. For inquiries contact search consultants:

Kimberly Templeton, J.D.
Cell: 540.761.9494

Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant
Cell: 804.201.0260

Past Meetings

  • Finalist Open Forum: Wednesday, November 10 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Teaching Academy, Room 117, and Virtual
  • Finalist Open Forum: Monday, November 8 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Teaching Academy, Room 117, and Virtual

Search Committee


Gerald Hector
Sr. Vice President for Administration and Finance
Janet Owen
Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Committee Members

Karen Cobbs
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Adrienne Frame
Interim Vice President, SDES
Andrea Gandy
Director, Enterprise Risk
Michael Georgiopoulos
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Cissy Glowth
President, UCF Staff Council
Andrea Guzman
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Athena Hoeppner
UCF Libraries, Faculty Senate Representative
Joel Levenson
Assistant Vice President for Tax, Payables and Procurement, Finance
Eric Merriam
CCIE, Faculty Senate Representative
Michael Okaty
Members, UCF Board of Trustees
Sandra Sovinski
Deputy General Counsel for Research
Jan Soto
Student Government Attorney General

More About UCF

UCF is a metropolitan research university located in Orlando, the heart of Central Florida’s world-class hospitality, technology and creative industries. Our reach extends far beyond our four campus locations, from regional campuses that serve 11 Florida counties to our fully online programs.

The diverse faculty and staff at UCF create a welcoming environment and opportunities for our more than 71,000 students to learn, grow and succeed. And through strong partnerships around Central Florida, we’re able to make a difference in our community through collaborating on innovative research and providing top talent that fuels our future.

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Orlando is a dynamic and diverse city that has seen rapid growth and economic expansion in recent years. Plus, the sunshine and warm climate create a perfect environment to live, work and explore. A center for the life sciences, medical innovation and technological developments, The City Beautiful offers boundless possibilities.

Ranked No.1 on Forbes’ hottest metro job markets — and the coolest in 2019, Orlando was also the fastest-growing of the 30 largest regions in the U.S. in 2018. UCF’s newest campus that opened in August 2019 is located downtown and generates opportunity for partnerships and learning engagement in the creative, cultural and economic hub of Orlando.

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