Cornell provost Fuchs is one of two finalists for University of Florida president spot

October 14, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, is one of two finalists for the post of University of Florida's 12th President. The University of Florida says Dr. Fuchs and Dr. David W. McLaughlin, provost of New York University, are the two remaining candidates.

W. Kent Fuchs, Provost at Cornell.W. Kent Fuchs, Provost at Cornell.Kent Fuchs (pronounced like "fox"), was Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell from 2002 until he became provost on January 1st, 2009. Previously, he was head of Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Fuchs was one of fifteen candidates who entered the beginning of the search process to lead Florida's century-old public university system, which comprises 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes.

McLaughlin is a professor of mathematics and neural science at NYU, and an adjunct professor of biomathematics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Over the next few hours, both finalists are meeting with the Campus/Community Assemblies and the Faculty Assemblies in Emerson Alumni Hall on the UF Gainsville campus. Both will meet with the university's board of trustees at a meeting that begins at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Trustees will select the new president at the end of the meeting.


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