The University of Central Florida hired Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., a decorated 43-year Army veteran, to lead administration and finance operations, the university announced Monday.

Caslen retired in June from West Point, where he developed a leadership program that focused on professional ethics and diverse cadet and faculty recruiting. The Army veteran will advise and implement changes related to compliance and the changes surround the Colbourn Hall incidents.

“As president, one of my priorities has been to ensure our university is operating effectively, efficiently and to the highest standard,” said UCF President Dale Whittaker.

“UCF will immediately benefit from Lt. General Caslen’s outstanding leadership and experience to build an organization that is a model for higher education and ensures we use our resources for their greatest purpose: furthering our academic excellence and the success of our students.”

The up to eight month assignment will begin January 9 while the responsibility for day-to-day operations will remain with Misty Shepherd (interim VP for Administration and Finance) and Kathy Mitchell (interim CFO).

“UCF is an exceptional institution with a strong foundation of excellence in everything it does. I have been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of its administration to build a better way forward,” Caslen said.

High-ranking government officials often work in the private sector or in roles that involve advising and leadership after retirement. The Seattle Squeeze – a name for a large transportation project in downtown Seattle – also hired a U.S. military veteran to lead changes: retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Worden.

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