UCF’s Timothy Letzring has joined the 77-member board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as the only representative among Florida’s State University System.
Letzring serves as the senior associate provost for Academic Affairs and directs UCF’s Academic Program Quality, Operational Excellence and Assessment Support, and UCF Global. SACSCOC oversees accreditation of about 800 public and private colleges and universities across 11 southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The association works to ensure that institutions meet high standards for academic quality while striving for continuous improvement. The accreditation process is long, exhaustive – and impactful. Favorable results from SACSCOC are critical for an institution’s academic vitality, financial stability and public reputation in attracting students, faculty and staff.
“This is a tremendous honor and I am grateful for the confidence my peers have placed in me to serve in this capacity,” said Letzring, who joined UCF in 2019 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. “I look forward to joining the experienced board members in working with post-secondary institutions to support and enhance education in the southern region and our state.”
Letzring’s role will include reviewing and making decisions about the accreditation of member institutions along with considering changes to commission standards.
As a trustee, Letzring’s role will include reviewing and making decisions about the accreditation of member institutions along with considering changes to commission standards. He is part of a Florida delegation to SACSCOC that represents 74 Florida institutions, ranging from state universities and state colleges to private schools of all sizes.
His election to the commission’s board carries a three-year term.
Before joining UCF, Letzring was dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a department chair at the University of Mississippi. He holds a doctorate in higher education, a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
“We are excited that Dr. Letzring will represent UCF and our state on the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, which plays a major role in assuring academic high standards for public and private institutions throughout the South,” said Michael D. Johnson, UCF’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am grateful for his opportunity to make a difference while extending the impact of our talented academic leaders at UCF.”