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October 10, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Florida Board of Governors Unanimously Ratifies Dr. James Bernard Machen as President of the University of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Board of Governors today unanimously ratified the selection of Dr. James Bernard Machen as President of the University of Florida. Machen, 59, currently serves as President of the University of Utah, and will assume his new role at the University of Florida on January 5.

"Dr. Machen is a talented professional with an outstanding record," said Education Commissioner Jim Horne. "I believe that under his leadership, the University of Florida will rise to even greater heights."

UF, the state's flagship institution, has an enrollment of 48,000 students in its 17 colleges and professional programs, an operating budget of $3.2 billion, and research funding of $458 million.

Machen was one of three candidates recommended by a 17-member presidential search committee chaired by UF Board of Trustees member Manny Fernandez. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Machen was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and dean of the school of dentistry at the University of Michigan.

"The Board was impressed with Dr. Machen's accomplishments and credentials," said Carolyn Roberts, Chair of the Florida Board of Governors. "We look forward to working with him as Florida continues to build a world class university system."

Machen served as an Assistant and an Associate Dean in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and held faculty appointments as associate professor and professor at UNC Chapel Hill. He attended Vanderbilt University and earned his doctor of dental surgery from St. Louis University. He earned a master's and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Iowa.