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Our Next President

UCF has embarked on a national search for a new president to lead one of the country’s most innovative universities. Our next president must accelerate UCF’s trajectory in academic and research excellence, student success, diversity and inclusion, and strengthening our community through partnerships that amplify our impact.

Selecting the next president is the most important decision our Board of Trustees will make. In doing so, we will ensure our search is inclusive, collaborative and transparent and produces a diverse candidate pool that reflects the culture of our campus and community.

I also know our search will be stronger because of the contributions of our students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends. I encourage you to engage with us throughout the process.

Please visit this website regularly, as we will post updates about the search, as well as details about how you can provide feedback.

Thank you for investing your time to help us find a world-class leader.

Beverly Seay
Chair, UCF Board of Trustees

Presidential Search Committee

The committee will identify finalists for UCF’s next president and help determine how students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends can become involved in the search. With input from across campus and the community, the UCF Board of Trustees approved a dynamic, diverse committee that represents UCF’s values and culture – and knows the university well.

University and state guidelines require that the search committee include three members from the UCF Board of Trustees and a member from the Florida Board of Governors. The membership should also include representatives from the faculty, staff, student body, alumni and Central Florida community.

  • Trustee Beverly Seay, Chair
  • Trustee Alex Martins, Vice Chair
  • Trustee William Self, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Medicine
  • Governor Timothy Cerio, Florida Board of Governors
  • Michael Georgiopoulos, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Victoria Loerzel, Ph.D., RN, OCN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  • Stella Sung, D.M.A., Pegasus Professor, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Madeline Mills, Student Body Vice President
  • Timothy Hill, Graduate Student and Member, President’s Leadership Council
  • Cyndia Morales Muñiz, Ed.D., Director, UCF HSI Culture and Partnerships
  • Kathleen Plinske, Ed.D., Executive Vice President and Provost, Valencia College
  • John Euliano, Chair, UCF Foundation Board
  • Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D., Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
  • David Odahowski, President and CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

Presidential Search News

Colleges & Campus
Board of Governors Confirms Alexander Cartwright as UCF’s President
Cartwright’s first day at UCF will be April 13.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Names Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright as President-elect
The Board of Governors will vote on whether to confirm the UCF Board of Trustees’ appointment; that vote is expected on March 25 during a…
Colleges & Campus
Presidential Finalist Pool is Set, Virtual Open Forums Thursday
“Very Difficult Decision” for Trustees to Pick from Stellar Candidates on Friday, Chair Seay Says