When University of Central Florida president Dale Whittaker took office, he made a promise to find the best provost in the country, having served in the role himself prior to appointment.

Whittaker’s search ended with the nomination of Elizabeth Dooley as the new leader of academic affairs. Dooley served as interim provost since April, continuing the trend of hiring leaders within the university.

“Elizabeth has filled this role exceptionally since April as our interim provost,” Whittaker said in his announcement.

“During that time, she has also done an outstanding job continuing as vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies. Elizabeth has been with UCF for three years after a distinguished 25-year career in teaching, research and leadership at West Virginia University. I’ve come to know Elizabeth as someone who cares deeply about faculty excellence, student success, and impactful research.”

Longtime College of Sciences dean Michael Johnson led the search committee and closed the list of finalists with Dooley.

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