As we begin a year that will bring changes to UCF, I have a leadership update to share with our university community.

Earlier today, I placed Provost Elizabeth Dooley on paid administrative leave. She agreed this decision allows her to temporarily step away while we work to fully understand concerns that have been raised, and I appreciate her commitment to cooperate.

In the meantime, I have asked Jana Jasinski, vice provost for Faculty Excellence, to serve as acting provost.

Times of transition are always stressful, and I know this past year has been especially difficult for our university. But through it all, you have continued to serve our students and community with distinction and a commitment to our values.

You have my commitment to keep moving us forward and building a brighter future for us all.