At the University of Florida, we are rising to preeminence and creating a greater impact through our people: exceptional leaders, strong individual contributors, and high-functioning collaborators and teams. UF’s efforts to expand its ranks of excellent faculty and staff include the searches noted below.

Campus engagement is an important part of search processes at the University of Florida. Based on each search committee’s review, finalists for these positions will be invited to campus, which will provide opportunities for a broad range of key stakeholder participation (campus leadership, members of campus organizations and student groups, interested members of our general campus community, etc.). Look for more details about those opportunities on this website as these searches progress.

Vice President and General Counsel

The vice president and general counsel is responsible for the supervision and management of all legal affairs at the University of Florida. Reporting to the university president, the vice president and general counsel also serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. He or she serves as the chief legal officer to the University of Florida, University of Florida Board of Trustees, and the UF president, administrative officers, faculty, and staff when acting within the course and scope of their employment. The Office of the General Counsel also supports University of Florida direct support organizations, such as the University Athletic Association. The vice president and general counsel leads a staff of legal professionals who provide legal counsel in the practice areas of governance; academic and student affairs; research; labor and employment; intellectual property; disputes, enforcement and emergencies; facilities, finance, procurement and business contracts; open government laws, constitutional law and health affairs; and athletics and other direct support organizations.

Vice President and General Counsel Search Committee:

  • Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and COO (chair of search committee)
  • Jane Adams, Vice President, University Relations
  • Isabel Garcia, Dean, College of Dentistry
  • Jodi Gentry, Vice President, Human Resources
  • Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Associate Vice President, IFAS
  • Andy McCollough, Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology
  • Jim O’Connell, Director and Assistant Vice President of Technology Transfer
  • Dave Parrott, Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Win Phillips, Executive Chief of Staff
  • Curtis Reynolds, Vice President, Business Affairs
  • James Roberts, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, UF Health Shands
  • Laura Rosenbury, Dean, College of Law

*Melissa Curry, Director, Recruitment and Staffing, Search Liaison

Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President

The chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president is a member of the University of Florida cabinet, with strategic responsibility for promoting and enabling inclusive excellence for faculty, students, and staff. The position reports directly to the president, with close working relationships with the provost as well as the chief operating officer. He or she serves as an advisor to the president and the president’s cabinet. The chief diversity officer provides leadership, expertise, and vision for the university’s new coordinated model for diversity and inclusion. The position serves in a collaborative and coordinating role with college and work-unit employees who are responsible for diversity and inclusion and facilitates sharing of best practices for greater alignment across campus. The chief diversity officer will chair a senior advisory group of UF scholars and professionals providing expertise and support for initiatives.

Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President Search Committee:

  • Cammy Abernathy, Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (chair of search committee)
  • Will Atkins, Senior Director, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
  • Florida Bridgewater-Alford, Chair, President’s Council on Diversity
  • Maureen De Armond, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
  • Zina Evans, Vice President, Enrollment Management
  • Angel Kwolek-Folland, Associate Provost
  • Angela Locarno, Student Representative
  • Bonnie Moradi, Director, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty)
  • Dave Parrott, Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Katheryn Russell-Brown, Director of the Center for Study of Race and Race Relations (College of Law faculty)
  • Leo Villalon, Dean, International Center

*Kathy McKee, Strategic Talent Group, Recruitment and Staffing, Search Liaison

Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing

The vice president for strategic communications and marketing is responsible for developing and implementing an overarching strategic communications, marketing and public affairs plan that supports and reflects the university’s goals and objectives. Reporting to the university president, the vice president serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.  This position is responsible for building and managing an outstanding strategic communications, marketing and public affairs program that incorporates all traditional and digital channels and media and can be considered best-in-class compared to the university’s peers across public and private higher education.   This role also advises and supports the president in interactions with the press and general public, serving as a co-strategist and content manager on messaging, and provides similar guidance and support for senior administrators.

Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing Search Committee

  • Diane McFarlin, Dean, College of Journalism and Communications (chair)
  • Ruth Borger, Assistant Vice President, IFAS Communications
  • Marcia DiStaso, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Relations, College of Journalism and Communications
  • Hank Frierson, Dean, The Graduate School
  • David Guzick, Senior Vice President, UF Health
  • Mike Hill, Executive Associate Athletics Director
  • Aaron Hoover, Executive Speechwriter, Office of the President
  • Joe Kays, Director, UF Research Communications
  • Tom Mitchell, Vice President, UF Advancement
  • Kim Pace, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

 *Melissa Curry, Director, Recruitment and Staffing, Search Liaison

Vice President for Government and Community Relations

The vice president for government and community relations works to cultivate and enhance the university’s relationships at all levels of government—state, federal, and local—working with the university’s senior leadership in the development of proposals and strategies to advocate for university priorities.  Reporting to the university president, the vice president serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. In collaboration with senior leadership, this role develops legislative advocacy priorities and strategies and monitors state and federal legislative and policy issues impacting UF and higher education.  This position also develops community relations strategy to strengthen and maintain positive town/gown relations.

Vice President for Government and Community Relations Search Committee

  • David Norton, Vice President for Research (chair)
  • Amy Hass, Interim Vice President and General Counsel
  • Ed Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Cathy Lebo, Assistant Provost and Director of Institutional Planning and Research
  • Mike McKee, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Win Phillips, Executive Chief of Staff

*Melissa Curry, Director, and Kathy McKee, Strategic Talent Group, Recruitment and Staffing, Search Liaisons

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.