Graduate School Deans 

Nicole Stedman
Ph.D. (University of Florida), Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Provost

R. Paul Duncan
Ph.D. (Purdue University), Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Malcom and Christine Randall Professor of Health Services Research, Management and Policy 


The Graduate School currently consists of the Dean, a Senior Associate Dean, an Assistant Dean, the Graduate Council, the Graduate Faculty, and the Graduate School staff. The Graduate School is responsible for establishing, monitoring and enforcing minimum general standards of graduate study in the University and for coordinating the graduate programs of the various colleges and divisions of the University. Responsibility for detailed operation of graduate programs is vested in individual colleges, schools, divisions, and academic units. In most colleges, an associate dean or other administrator is directly responsible for graduate studies in that college. General policies and standards of the Graduate School are established by the Graduate Faculty as represented by the Graduate Council. Policy changes must be approved by the graduate dean(s) and the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council (chaired by the Graduate Dean) considers graduate education policy and policy changes, and the creation of or revisions to graduate degree programs, majors, concentrations, certificates, and other graduate education initiatives. All faculty members who serve on supervisory committees or who direct master’s theses and doctoral dissertations must first be appointed to the Graduate Faculty. University of Florida faculty members who are appointed to full-time faculty positions in tenured or tenure-accruing positions are appointed to the Graduate Faculty as a matter of course, shortly after the time of their appointment to the university faculty. For all others, a graduate degree program’s academic unit nominates faculty members for appointment to the Graduate Faculty. Nominations must be approved by the Department Chair/Director, the College Dean, and a vote of the current graduate faculty members in the nominating unit. The appointment is formally made by the Graduate Dean. The academic unit determines the level of duties for each Graduate Faculty member, though it is expected that all Graduate Faculty members should be available and willing to serve as external members of doctoral dissertation committees throughout the University of Florida.

Graduate Council (2021-2022)

Nicole Stedman, Chair
Ph.D. (University of Florida)
Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost

Monika Ardelt
Ph.D. ( University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law

Henry Baker
Ph.D. (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Prabir Barooah    
Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Edward Braun
Ph.D. (University of New Mexico)
Professor, Department of Biology

Brenda Chalfin
Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
Professor, Department of Anthropology & Center for African Studies

Ian Flood
Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK)
Holland Professor, M.E. Rinker School of Construction Management

Cynthia Griffin
Ph.D. (Purdue University)
Professor, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

David Janicke
Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Professor and Associate Department Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox
Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Law

Corene Matyas
Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
Professor, Department of Geography

K. Ramesh Reddy
Ph.D. (Louisiana State University)
Graduate Research Professor, Department of Soil and Water Science

Aner Sela
Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Associate Professor, Department of Marketing

Karen Awura-Adjoa Ronke Coker
Graduate Student Council Representative

Paul C. Wassel III
Graduate Student Council Alternate 


Graduate study at UF existed while the University was still on its Lake City campus. However, the first graduate degrees, two Master of Arts with a major in English, were awarded on the Gainesville campus in 1906. The first Master of Science was awarded in 1908, with a major in entomology. The first programs leading to the Ph.D. were approved in 1930, and the first degrees were awarded in 1934, one with a major in chemistry and the other with a major in pharmacy. The first Ed.D. was awarded in 1948. Graduate study has grown phenomenally at UF. In 1930, 33 degrees were awarded in 12 fields. In 1940, 66 degrees were awarded in 16 fields. In 2020-2021, UF awarded 4,734 graduate degrees in more than 146 fields, including 710 Ph.D. degrees.

UF Graduate School Deans and Years of Service

Years of Service Graduate Deans
June 2021 to Present Nicole Stedman, Dean
May 2007 to May 2021 Henry T. Frierson, Dean
2004-2007 Kenneth J. Gerhardt, Interim Dean
1999-2004 Winfred M. Phillips, Dean
1998-1999 M. Jack Ohanian, Interim Dean
1993-1998 Karen A. Holbrook, Dean
July-September 1993 Gene W. Hemp, Acting Dean
1985-1993 Madelyn M. Lockhart, Dean
1983-1985 Donald R. Price, Acting Dean
September 1982-January 1983 Gene W. Hemp, Acting Dean
1980-1982 Francis G. Stehli, Dean
1979-1980 F. Michael Wahl, Acting Dean
1973-1979 Harry H. Sisler, Dean
1971-1973 Alex G. Smith, Acting Dean
1969-1971 Harold P. Hanson, Dean
1952-1969 L. E. Grinter, Dean
1951-1952 C. F. Byers, Acting Dean
1938-1951 T. M. Simpson, Dean
1930-1938 James N. Anderson, Dean


Florida State Board of Education

The Department of Education is here to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress.

Tom Grady, Chair
Ben Gibson, Vice Chair
Monesia Brown
Marva Johnson
Ryan Petty
Joe York

Florida Board of Governors 

The Board of Governors is comprised of seventeen members, fourteen of whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of seven years. The remaining members include the Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, the Commissioner of Education, and the Chair of the Florida Student Association. The Board oversees the operation and management of the Florida public university system’s twelve institutions.

Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education
  Appointed June 17, 2019
Brian Lamb, Chair
  March 29, 2019 – January 6, 2026
Eric Silagy, Vice-Chair
  March 29, 2019 – January 6, 2026  


Timothy M. Cerio 
  October 27, 2017 – January 6, 2024

Aubrey Edge 
  February 3, 2020 – January 6, 2027

Patricia Frost 
  October 27, 2017 – January 6, 2024

Edward Haddock 
  November 24, 2020 – January 6, 2027

H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr.  
 January 10, 2013 – January 6, 2027

Nastassia Janvier  
 June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Ken Jones  
 November 24, 2020 – January 6, 2027

Darlene Luccio Jordan  
June 22, 2017 – January 6, 2024

Alan Levine  
June 22, 2017 – January 6, 2024

Charles H. Lydecker   
June 14, 2019 – January 6, 2027

Steven M. Scott
 March 29, 2019 – January 6, 2026

William Self
  August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2022

Kent Stermon 
March 29, 2019 – January 6, 2026

Contact a member of the Board of Governors:

Board of Governors
State University System of Florida
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

University of Florida Board of Trustees

The UF Board of Trustees is the public body corporate of the university. It sets policy for the institution, and serves as the institution's legal owner and final authority. The UF Board of Trustees holds the institution's resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use. The UF Board of Trustees consists of six citizen members appointed by the Governor and five citizen members appointed by the Board of Governors. The Chair of the Faculty Senate and the President of the Student Body are also voting members.

Morteza “Mori” Hosseini, Chair
Thomas G. Kuntz, Vice Chair
David C. Bloom
David L. Brandon
Cooper L. Brown
Richard P. Cole
Christopher T. Corr
James W. Heavener
Daniel T. O'Keefe
Rahul Patel
Marsha D. Powers
Fred S. Ridley
Anita G. Zucker

University of Florida President and Vice Presidents

W. Kent FuchsPh.D., M.Div., M.S., and B.S.
President of the University

Joseph GloverPh.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Scott AnglePh.D.
Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources 

Chris CowenM.B.A.   
Senior Vice President and CFO

Elias G. EldayrieM.B.A.
Vice President and CIO

Mary Parker, Ed.D.  
Vice President and Associate Provost, Enrollment Management

Jodi GentryM.A.
Vice President, Human Resources

Amy M. HassJ.D.
Vice President and General Counsel

Edward JimenezM.B.A.  
CEO, UF Health Shands Hospital

Mark KaplanJ.D.
Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Charlie LaneD.Sc.
Senior Vice President and COO

Marsha McGriff, Ed.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President

Tom MitchellM.Ed.
Vice President, Advancement

D’Andra MullPh.D.
Vice President, Student Life

David R. NelsonM.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

David NortonPh.D.
Vice President, Research

Nancy PatonM.S.M.
Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing

Win PhillipsPh.D.
Executive Chief of Staff, Office of the President 

Curtis ReynoldsM.S.E.E and M.B.A
Vice President, Business Affairs 

University of Florida Deans

Cammy Abernathy, Ph.D.
Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E.
Dean, College of Design, Construction, and Planning

Jacqueline K. Burns, Ph.D.
Dean for Research, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Nicole Stedman, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Provost

A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Dean, College of Dentistry

Glenn Good, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education

Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.
Dean, College of Pharmacy

Saby Mitra, D.B.A.
Dean, Warrington College of Business Administration

Anna McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N
Dean, College of Nursing

Spiro Kiousis, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Journalism and Communications

Onyekwere P. Ozuzu, M.F.A.
Dean, College of the Arts

Michael Perri, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions

Michael B. Reid, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Human Performance

David E. Richardson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Laura A. Rosenbury, J.D.
Dean, Levin College of Law

Judith Russell, M.S.
Dean, University Libraries

Elaine Turner, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Dean, College of Medicine

Leonardo A. Villalon, Ph.D.
Dean, International Center

Heather White, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dana N. Zimmel, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.I.M
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine  

Missions, Visions, and Values

Mission of the University

The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation, and the world.

Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit.

Vision of the University

UF will be a premier university that the state, nation, and world look to for leadership through:

  1. an exceptional academic environment, achieved by a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff;

  2. an outstanding and accessible education that prepares students for work, citizenship, and life;

  3. a preeminent faculty;

  4. growth in research and scholarship that improves the lives of the world’s citizens;

  5. strengthened public engagement;

  6. successful and appreciative alumni; and

  7. a physical infrastructure and efficient administration and support structure that enable preeminence.

The environment will foster new discoveries and inventions, enabling UF to build on its excellent national ranking in technology transfer and licensing. This will spur new businesses and state economic development to accompany UF’s emphasis on service and outreach to State citizens.

Vision, Mission, and Values of the University of Florida Graduate School


Excellence in all aspects of graduate education at the University of Florida


The UF Graduate School is committed to providing services to the campus community that maintain integrity and excellence in graduate education through clear and consistent policies, high standards, efficient procedures and direct student support. We seek to support and serve as a resource to all graduate students, faculty, and staff by fostering relationships, increasing communications and collaborations, and delivering comprehensive research and data resources to inform and advance graduate education. The Graduate School:

Provides opportunities through funding support, professional development activities, support for student groups, student funding to enhance recruitment and retention, and graduate degree completion.

Partners with academic units in providing underrepresented minority and international outreach and support in recruiting. 

Promotes efficiency and effectiveness in graduate education so UF graduate students can achieve their educational and professional potential and contribute to the university, the state, the nation and the world.


  • Excellence in graduate education
  • Recruitment and graduation of outstanding students
  • Ethical conduct in graduate studies and research
  • Diversity among students, faculty, and staff
  • Communication and collaboration throughout the graduate community
  • Graduate student professional development
  • Preservation of academic standards
  • Maintaining accurate data and records