Dr. Ralph Wilcox Appointed Provost at USF
TAMPA, FL (Wednesday, November 7, 2007) – President Judy Genshaft has announced the appointment of Dr. Ralph Wilcox as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida, effective January, 2008. Dr. Wilcox will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming departure of Dr.
Dr. Wilcox has served as Professor and Vice Provost at USF since 2003, with primary responsibilities in policy analysis, planning and performance. He has served as USF’s principal liaison to the Florida Board of Governors and provided oversight for institution-wide strategic planning, enrollment planning, and legislative budget matters.
In making the appointment, President Genshaft consulted widely with key constituents throughout the University, including faculty, staff, deans, students, members of the Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Mark Rosenberg of the Florida Board of Governors. Dr. Wilcox received enthusiastic endorsements of support.
“We’re fortunate to have someone of Dr. Wilcox’s caliber at USF who can step into the provost position,” said President Genshaft. “He is an exceptionally talented academic leader, researcher and educator. The office will be in very capable hands.”
Dr. Wilcox holds a Ph.D. from the
“I thank President Genshaft—and others—for the confidence they have shown in my ability to provide the highest level of academic leadership at USF,” said Dr. Wilcox. “While faced with significant budget challenges, we have a bold vision and an excellent faculty with whom I look forward to working as, together, we set priorities and continue USF’s emergence as one of this nation’s top public research universities.”
Dr. Wilcox has a long history of community and global engagement, and has been a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. He formerly served as Interim Vice President and Campus Executive Officer of the
“Dr. Wilcox is very deserving of the position,” said Garin Flowers, President of the USF Student Government. “He’s one of the administrators that students love because he has reached out to us from the beginning. He’s a very intelligent individual, and I have full faith in his ability to do the job of Provost.”
Dr. Michael Barber, President of the Faculty Senate said, “The Faculty Senate applauds the decision by President Genshaft to appoint Dr. Wilcox as provost. Dr. Wilcox has an excellent educational and administrative background and has made major contributions to the development of the institution, particularly in the area of strategic planning. The Senate leadership welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with Dr. Wilcox on academic issues that will enhance the educational and intellectual experience for faculty and students at USF.”
Dr. Barber has been appointed chair of a search committee which will be formed in the spring of 2008 and will conduct a national search for a provost who will take the position following the 2009-10 academic year.
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