UF Welcomes New Leader
On January 5, the University of Florida welcomed James Bernard Machen as its 11th president. The UF Board of Trustees unanimously elected Machen, who previously served as the president of the University of Utah, to the position on October 8, 2003.
Machen, 59, was one of three candidates recommended to the board by the Presidential Search Committee, a 17-member group chaired by Board of Trustees member Manny Fernandez. "We were all particularly impressed with Dr. Machen, who exceeded all of the very high criteria we established for this position," he says. Fernandez was recently named chairman of the board after the resignation of Marshall Criser, who will serve on the oversight committee of the new Florida Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County.
Prior to his time at the University of Utah, Machen served at the University of Michigan as provost and vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Dentistry. He also served as an assistant and associate dean in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also held faculty appointments.
Machen attended Vanderbilt University and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from St. Louis University. He received a master's degree in pediatric dentistry and a doctorate in educational psychology, both from the University of Iowa. His academic interests include national health policy, and he serves as a diplomat for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Machen was president of the American Association of Dental Schools and served on the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Committee Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Chris, are the parents of three children.
More than 400 candidates were contacted during the presidential search conducted with A.T. Kearney, Inc. The committee interviewed 11 candidates, selecting three finalists for interviews with the Board of Trustees and groups of students, faculty members, administrators and community leaders. Machen succeeds Charles Young who held the university's top position since 1999 and will now retire to California. An official inauguration for Machen will take place within six months of his taking office.
--Kimberly A. Lopez