After a series of intensive interviews, the UCF Search Committee finally announced the last 4 candidates left standing in the search for the Presidential position. Four candidates have now fallen by wayside, and the race to replace President Hitt now takes place between the following individuals:

1. Suresh Garimella- Ph.D., currently the vice president of research and partnerships at Purdue University. Suresh Garimella received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/s-garimella-at-purdue/

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2. Mark Kennedy- currently the President at the University of North Dakota. Mark Kennedy received his MBA from the University of Michigan.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markkennedyund/

3. Dale Whittaker- Ph.D., provost and executive vice president at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dale-whittaker-9426404/

4. Matthew Wilson- JD, currently president at the University of Akron. Wilson earned his JD from Temple University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-wilson-77686/

Stay tuned for following updates to find out who will ultimately take over the reigns for UCF.