Provost Tony Waldrop met with students and staff and faculty members on his first day at UCF.

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Smiles, handshakes and enthusiasm greeted Provost Tony Waldrop when he officially began his tenure at UCF on Friday, July 30.

Waldrop’s first official day featured a nearly three-hour campus tour, with stops including Health Services, Nike Village, the Student Success Center and the under-construction Performing Arts Center.

A former world-class runner, Waldrop already had jogged around parts of campus. Friday, however, was his first opportunity to tour inside several buildings and meet with students and staff and faculty members.

“It’s clear that they care passionately about UCF,” Waldrop said.

“I have a lot to learn, not only about UCF but also about the people here,” he added. “It’s the people who make a university great.”

Waldrop came to UCF from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where since 2001 he had served as vice chancellor for research and economic development. In this position, he was responsible for 12 university-wide research support offices and 15 research centers.

He has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Physical Education and a Ph.D. in Physiology, all from UNC.

The provost is the second-highest ranking officer of the university and provides academic leadership for the university’s 12 colleges, multiple campuses and research centers and institutes. The provost oversees academic support services and student services and is responsible for curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development and promotion and tenure decisions.