UNF narrows search for new president to 4 candidates

The University of North Florida Board of Trustees announced recently that four finalists are being considered to lead the institution.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida Board of Trustees announced recently that four finalists are being considered to lead the institution.

Dr. Pamela S. Chally was named the interim president last year to replace former president David Szymanski who transitioned to lead UNF MedNexus, a collaborative effort he created to expand educational programs and enhance medical research created last year with $6 million in funding from the Florida Legislature.

The finalists to become UNF’s seventh president are Dr. David Blackwell, David Brennen, Dr. Moez Limayem and Marc Miller.

Blackwell is a professor of finance at Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky and a former Provost at the school. He also served as the chief academic officer and has a background in fundraising.

Brennen is a professor of law and former dean of the J. David Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky. He’s considered an innovator in the field of nonprofit law as it relates to taxation and has ties to Florida, getting his law degree from UF.

Limayem is the dean of USF’s college of business. He is a published author, has helped raise nearly 100 million dollars for the school and is charged with enhancing the college’s profile.

Miller is the dean of the University of Arizona’s College of Law. He writes and teaches about environmental and criminal law and co-founded the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the leading journal on sentencing law and policy.

The UNF Board of Trustees will interview the candidates sometime in mid-May and on-campus forums will be held for members of the campus community to meet the finalists. Times and dates will be shared as soon as they become available, UNF said.


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