I am extremely grateful for Jana Jasinski stepping in as acting provost during the past week and a half, while also continuing as vice provost for Faculty Excellence. I appreciate her leadership and the stability she provided the Academic Affairs team.
Jana was named acting provost after I asked Provost Elizabeth Dooley to temporarily step away while we work to fully understand concerns that have been raised. Because we do not have a defined timeline for Provost Dooley’s paid administrative leave, I believe it is in our best interest to name a full-time interim provost. I have asked Michael Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences, to serve as interim.
Mike already is involved in many ongoing institution-wide efforts, including the enrollment task force and the new university budget model to promote greater transparency and inclusion in financial decision making.
With my full support, Mike and Jana are committed to advancing these initiatives, along with the university’s regular academic operations, including promotion and tenure — all while fulfilling our core mission of serving students.
As I said in my last message, transitions are stressful. But just as I value the incredible commitment you have to serving our students and university community, I am committed to moving us forward together to build a brighter and stronger UCF.
Thad Seymour Jr.