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Convocation 2005

Samuel Proctor
Janie Fouke
(Photo by UF News & Public Affairs)

This article was originally published in the August - September 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

Please join CLAS for Fall Convocation at the University Auditorium on September 22 at 6 pm as we recognize outstanding students and faculty. A reception on the west lawn will follow.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Janie Fouke, UF’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, who started on August 15. Fouke previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, where she was a professor of electrical and computer engineering. She also was the inaugural division director of the newly created division of bioengineering and environmental systems with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from St. Andrews College in 1973, Fouke spent the next two years teaching science in North Carolina. She then earned her master’s degree and PhD in biomedical mathematics and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

From 1981 to 1999, Fouke taught at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has earned the status of Fellow in a number of professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

David Colburn, professor of history, stepped down as provost last year to return to full-time teaching and research. Mathematics Professor Joe Glover, who served as the interim provost, has returned to his duties as associate provost for academic affairs.

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