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.

The university welcomes the full exploration of its intellectual boundaries and supports its faculty and students in the creation of new knowledge and the pursuit of new ideas.

  • Teaching is a fundamental purpose of this university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Research and scholarship are integral to the educational process and to the expansion of our understanding of the natural world, the intellect and the senses.
  • Service reflects the university's obligation to share the benefits of its research and knowledge for the public good. The university serves the nation's and the state's critical needs by contributing to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership and workforce.

The University of Florida must create the broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multi-cultural skills and perspectives in its teaching and research for its students to contribute and succeed in the world of the 21st century.

These three interlocking elements — teaching, research and scholarship, and service — span all the university's academic disciplines and represent the university's commitment to lead and serve the state of Florida, the nation and the world by pursuing and disseminating new knowledge while building upon the experiences of the past. The university aspires to advance by strengthening the human condition and improving the quality of life.

Vision, Mission, and Values of the Graduate School

Our Vision

To be a model of excellence for supporting and advancing graduate education worldwide 

Our Mission 

To ensure the integrity and value of graduate education and elevate the overall graduate student experience

Our Core Values  


Graduate School Deans 

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

Tom Kelleher
Ph.D. (University of Florida), Associate Dean, Academic Affairs 

Judy Traveis 
Ph.D. (University of Florida), Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Please find information regarding  UF's Deans and the History of the Graduate School below.   


The Graduate School currently consists of the Dean, an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, an Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 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.

Appointment to the Graduate Faculty

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.

The Graduate School Staff

The Graduate School is organized into the following units Administration, Data Management, Editorial, Graduate Records, and the Division of Graduate Student Affairs (DGSA), which contains the Offices of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI), Graduate International Outreach (OGIO), and the Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD).  Visit http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/contacts/ for staff listings and contact information. 

Graduate School Editorial Office

With staff located in Grinter Hall, the Graduate School Editorial Office provides editorial assistance to UF’s graduate students completing the thesis or dissertation process and to graduate faculty developing new graduate programs and courses within the graduate curriculum. The Editorial Office provides information about format requirements on the editorial page of the Graduate School website in order to help students prepare their manuscripts for submission to the Graduate School. The office facilitates the thesis and dissertation process, by providing clear guidelines and checklists, and by outlining the procedures to follow when completing the thesis or dissertation. In order to complete degree requirements, all thesis and dissertation students must gain final clearance status with the Editorial Office by each of the posted deadlines for the term in which they intend for the degree to be awarded.

The following procedures apply to the Graduate School’s editorial services provided to graduate students:

Upon submission to the Graduate School Editorial Office, a thesis or dissertation should be near-final and must be completely formatted. It will not be accepted as meeting first submission requirements in draft form.

Additionally, master’s theses must be orally defended before making submission to the Graduate School Editorial Office. Therefore, the Final Exam data must be posted to SIS by the department, before the document can be submitted to the Editorial Office for review. Subsequently, a master’s student who does not defend the thesis prior to the first submission deadline will not be eligible for a degree award in the current term; nor is the student a clear-prior candidate to the following term, since they were unable to meet the first submission requirement.

The thesis or dissertation must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate School’s format requirements found here and within the Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations.

The student’s department is responsible for academic merit, quality, and scholarship.

Graduate Council requires the Graduate School Editorial Office, as agents of the Dean of the Graduate School, to briefly review theses and dissertations for acceptable format, and to make recommendations as needed.    

Graduate School Editorial Office Resources

For more information, contact:

The UF Graduate School Editorial Office
Phone: (352) 392-1282
Email: grad-edit@ufl.edu

Graduate Student Records Office

Graduate Student Records staff work with academic units to support students throughout their graduate careers including degree certification and graduation. The office is responsible for keeping official graduate student records and ensuring compliance with all Graduate Council and University policies.

Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI), within the Division of Graduate Student Affairs of the Graduate School, is a dedicated resource for underrepresented graduate students. OGDI provides graduate students with programs and services to assist and support the pursuit of a successful graduate education. OGDI provides students with social, informational, referral, and financial support. OGDI maintains partnerships across campus to assist and promote graduate education. OGDI hosts a variety of programs and activities as a part of its recruitment support, and degree completion initiatives.


OGDI assists colleges and academic units in recruiting underrepresented graduate students. OGDI coordinates several funding opportunities for incoming doctoral students. These include: Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Program, McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, McNair Graduate Assistantship Program and the NSF Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Program as well as diversity enhancement awards.

In collaboration with the UF Career Connections Center, OGDI conducts UF’s annual Gator Graduate Programs Fair and Graduate Education Week. Additionally, OGDI represents the university at a variety of national and regional conferences, as well as visiting and seeking to establish relationships with institutions to attract prospective underrepresented students.


OGDI conducts the Florida Board of Education (BOE) Summer Fellowship Program to assist entering underrepresented doctoral students to become more quickly acclimated to the university setting. OGDI supports social activities to facilitate student socialization and networking, and professional development activities such as dissertation and other writing groups are offered through OGDI.


OGDI coordinates several funding opportunities to assist underrepresented PhD students to successfully complete their programs. These opportunities include: the Supplemental Retention Scholarship Award, the Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award, and Doctoral Support Assistance. For additional information about the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives or any of its programs and funding opportunities, please visit OGDI’s website.

Office of Graduate International Outreach

The Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO) in the UF Graduate School serves as a catalyst for collaboration with regard to international outreach, recruitment, and student success within the university community. The office is a resource for information on international outreach opportunities and leverages existing structures and initiatives to advance international outreach and increase graduate student success. The OGIO also builds cooperative resources with partner units and offices within and outside UF to enhance international outreach/recruitment efforts at UF.

Office of Graduate Professional Development

The Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) in the Division of Graduate Student Affairs provides resources and opportunities for graduate students to gain information, insights, and skills they can use in academia and the job market. Currently, OGPD initiatives include

  • Professional Development Workshop series (fall/spring). These workshops are now offered as webinars to our online graduate students and cover topics such as effective time management, research strategies, preparing for examinations and final defenses, and publishing manuscripts. Video recordings of the previous workshops and webinars can be found in the Graduate Information Management System (GIMS).     
  • OGPD also works closely with the Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP), a graduate student organization that focuses on providing more opportunities for graduate students with respect to teaching, mentoring, and ethics. OGAP signature events include Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) in the spring and Three Minute Thesis© in the fall.
  • Grants and Fellowship Conference (Spring) that provides information for both graduate and undergraduate students on funding options through grants and fellowships. This includes information regarding specific fellowships like the “National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program,” “National Institute of Health Fellowships,” “Fellowships and Grants for the Arts and Humanities,” as well as more general information on “How to Find Funding Using Key Words and Proper Databases” and “How to Write a Proposal.”

Announcements of events hosted by DGSA and the deadlines for all award programs are made through the graduate student listserv. 
For more information, visit the website at http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/offices/dgsa/ or send an email to gradschool@aa.ufl.edu.

Graduate Council (2022-2023)

The Graduate Council, chaired by the Dean, is a joint committee of the President and Faculty Senate. The Council establishes general policies and standards of the Graduate School and assists the dean of the Graduate School in the execution of policy related to graduate study and associated research. The Graduate School staff provide support to the council by reviewing and editing all proposals submitted by administrative and/or academic units to ensure they comply with Graduate Council policy.

The Graduate Council consists of twelve members of the Graduate Faculty, a graduate student elected by the Graduate Student Council, and the Dean of the Graduate School. Six of the twelve faculty members of the Graduate Council are elected by the Graduate Faculty for overlapping terms of three years.

Nicole LP Stedman, Chair
Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost

Members Appointed by the Provost: 

Dr. Monika Ardelt
Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law
Dr. James "J.C." Bunch 
Department of Agricultural Education and Communication  
Dr. Hitomi Greenslet 
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Dr. Timothy Murtha 
Department of Landscape Architecture 
Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy 
Department of Soil and Water Science 
Dr. Aner Sela 
Department of Marketing

Members Elected by Graduate Faculty:

Dr. Linda Bloom
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
Dr. James Essegbey 
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures  
Dr. Cynthia Griffin 
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies 
Dr. Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox 
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Law 
Dr. Corene Matyas 
Department of Geography 
Dr. Marta Wayne 
Department of Biology

Graduate Student Council Representative:  

Paul C. Wassel III
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science

Graduate Student Council Representative Alternate:
Alexander Wong
Department of Chemistry


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

Governance of the university

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
Esther Byrd
Grazie P. Christie
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.

Manny Diaz, Jr., 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 
Richard Corcoran 
Aubrey Edge          
Patricia Frost         
Nimna Gabadage 
Edward Haddock 
Ken Jones             
Darlene Luccio Jordan
Alan Levine           
Charles H. Lydecker    
Craig Mateer        
Steven M. Scott   
William Self          
Kent Stermon     

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 L. Brandon
Richard P. Cole
Christopher T. Corr
James W. Heavener
Lauren D. Lemasters
Daniel T. O'Keefe
Rahul Patel 
Amanda J. Phalin
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 

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

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

James J. Kelly, Jr., Master of Accounting
Interim CEO, UF Health Shands 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UF Health Shands

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 

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

David NortonPh.D.
Vice President, Research 

Mary ParkerEd.D.  
Vice President and Associate Provost, Enrollment Management

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 

Heather White, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students 

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 

Hub Brown, M.A.
Dean, College of Journalism and Communications 

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

Robert Gilbert, Ph.D.
Dean for Research, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions  

Marta Wayne, Ph.D.
Dean of the International Center and Associate Provost

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