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The Graduate School currently consists of the Dean, a Senior Associate Dean, an Assistant Dean, 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. 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.

Graduate Deans 

Henry T. Frierson
Ph.D. (Michigan State University), Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Vice President, and Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology

R. Paul Duncan
Ph.D. (Purdue University), Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Malcom and Christine Randall Professor of Health Services Research, Management and Policy 

Graduate Council (2019-2020)

Henry T. Frierson
Chair, Ph.D. (Michigan State University), Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President

Monika Ardelt
Ph.D. ( University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law

Henry Baker
Ph.D. (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Prabir Barooah    
Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara), Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jason Blackburn
Ph.D. (Louisiana State University), Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Joyce Bono
Ph.D. (University of Iowa), Professor, Department of Management

Edward Braun
Ph.D. (University of New Mexico), Professor, Department of Biology

Ian Flood
Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK), Holland Professor, M.E. Rinker School of Construction Management

Wendy Graham
Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Professor and the Carl S. Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources and the Director of the Water Institute, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Cynthia Griffin
Ph.D. (Purdue University), Professor , School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

David Janicke
Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Professor and Associate Department Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox
Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Law

Lori Pennington-Gray
Ph.D. (Michigan State University), Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

Karen Awura-Adjoa Ronke Coker
Graduate Student Council Representative

Jonathan Orsini
Graduate Student Council Alternate 


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 2018-2019, UF awarded 7,208 graduate degrees in more than 140 fields, including 957 Ph.D. degrees.

Graduate Deans and Years of Service

Years of Service Graduate Deans
May 2007 to Present 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


Florida State Board of Education

Andy Tuck, Chair

Marva Johnson, Vice Chair
Winter Garden

Ben Gibson

Tom Grady

Michael Olenick
Palm City

Ryan Petty

Joe York
Ponte Vedra Beach

Florida Board of Governors 

Tim Cerio

Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education

Aubrey Edge

Patricia Frost

H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr.

Darlene L. Jordan

Sydney Kitson, Chair

Brian Lamb, Vice Chair

Alan M. Levine

Ally Schneider

Steven Scott

Eric Silagy

William Self

Kent Stermon

Norman D. Tripp

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

Mori Hosseini, Chair

Thoman G. Kuntz, Vice Chair

David L. Brandon

Richard P. Cole

Sylvain Doré

James W. Heavener

Leonard H. Johnson

Daniel T. O'Keefe

Rahul Patel 

Trevor J. Pope

Marsha D. Powers

Jason J. Rosenberg

Anita G. Zucker

University of Florida President and Vice Presidents

W. Kent Fuchs
Ph.D., M.Div., M.S., and B.S., President of the University

Joseph Glover
Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Scott Angle
Ph.D., Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Chris Cowen
M.B.A., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Elias G. Eldayrie
M.B.A., ice President and Chief Information Officer

Zina L. Evans
M.S., Ph.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost

Antonio Farias
M.A., M.F. A., Chief Diversity Officer, Senior Advisor to the President

Jodi Gentry
M.A., Vice President for Human Resource Services

Amy M. Hass
J.D., Vice President and General Counsel

Edward Jimenez
M.B.A., CEO, Shands HealthCare

Mark Kaplan
J.D., Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Charlie Lane
D.Sc., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Thomas J. Mitchell
M.Ed., Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

D’Andra Mull
Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

David R. Nelson
M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, President UF Health

David P. Norton
Ph.D., Vice President for Research

Nancy Paton
M.S.M., Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing

Win Phillips
Ph.D., Executive Chief of Staff for the Office of the President

Curtis Reynolds
M.S.E.E and M.B.A., Vice President for Business Affairs  

Scott Stricklin
B.S.M., Director of Athletics


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

Jacqueline K. Burns
Ph.D., Dean for Research, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Henry T. Frierson
Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School, and Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

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

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

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

John Kraft
Ph.D., Dean, Warrington College of Business Administration

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

Diane H. McFarlin
Ph.D., Dean, College of Journalism and Communications

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

Michael Perri
Ph.D., Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions

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

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

Joseph A. Tyndall
M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P., Interim Dean, College of Medicine

Leonardo A. Villalon
Ph.D., Dean, International Center

Heather White
Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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

Mission, Vision, 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.

Vision of the University

UF will be a premier university that the state, nation, and world look to for leadership through:

  1. an exceptional academic environment, achieved by a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff;
  2. an outstanding and accessible education that prepares students for work, citizenship, and life;
  3. a preeminent faculty;
  4. growth in research and scholarship that improves the lives of the world’s citizens;
  5. strengthened public engagement;
  6. successful and appreciative alumni; and
  7. a physical infrastructure and efficient administration and support structure that enable preeminence.

The environment will foster new discoveries and inventions, enabling UF to build on its excellent national ranking in technology transfer and licensing. This will spur new businesses and state economic development to accompany UF’s emphasis on service and outreach to State citizens.

Vision, Mission, and Values of the University of Florida Graduate School


Excellence in all aspects of graduate education at the University of Florida


The UF Graduate School is committed to providing services to the campus community that maintain integrity and excellence in graduate education through clear and consistent policies, high standards, efficient procedures, and direct student support. We seek to support all graduate students, faculty, and staff by fostering relationships, increasing communications and collaborations, and delivering comprehensive research and data resources to inform and advance graduate education. The Graduate School:

  • Provides opportunities through funding support, professional development activities, support for student groups, student funding to enhance recruitment and retention, and graduate degree completion;
  • Partners with academic units in providing underrepresented minority and international outreach and support in recruiting potential students;
  • Promotes efficiency and effectiveness in graduate education so UF graduate students can achieve their educational and professional potential and contribute to the university, the state, the nation, and the world.


  • Excellence in graduate education
  • Recruitment and graduation of outstanding students
  • Ethical conduct in graduate studies and research
  • Diversity among students, faculty, and staff
  • Communication and collaboration throughout the graduate community
  • Graduate student professional development
  • Preservation of academic standards
  • Maintaining accurate data and records