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October 26, 2005

Bill Edmonds
Director of Communications
(850) 245-0466

Board of Governors Appoints Mark Rosenberg as Chancellor of the State University System of Florida


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Board of Governors today appointed Mark Rosenberg as chancellor to lead the State University System.

"We have made the right choice," said Carolyn Roberts, chair of the Board of Governors. "We have in Mark Rosenberg someone with a full understanding of the rigors of academic life, someone with on-the-job knowledge of the intricacies of university administration and someone with the dedication and drive to accomplish the many tasks before him. As a scholar and as a leader, he is of outstanding caliber, and I look forward to working with him to move our universities forward. I want to personally thank Board of Governors member Peter Rummell, who guided our Chancellor Search Committee. Without his leadership, we would not have had the opportunity to make this outstanding appointment."

Dr. Rosenberg, who is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida International University, said he would officially move into his new role as chancellor as quickly as possible and would immediately begin work with the Board of Governors to prepare the State University System's agenda for the future.

"I am honored by this decision of the Board of Governors, and I am thrilled by the opportunities and the challenges it presents," Dr. Rosenberg said. "Our 11 institutions make tremendous contributions to our state. Building greater awareness of these accomplishments and fostering greater support of our universities among the citizens of Florida and our state's leadership will be my first priority."

John Dasburg, the Board of Governors vice-chair, said Dr. Rosenberg brings to the job an awareness of Florida history and politics that is invaluable. "Our state is unique, with unique ways of getting things done," Dasburg said. "We need someone who understands this environment, and I am confident we have found him."

Rosenberg, 56, has been provost of FIU since 1998. A native of Athens, Ohio, he is a 1971 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He received his doctorate in political science and a graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976.

Dr. Rosenberg's scholarly work is focused on Latin America and the Florida-Latin America connection. He has written or co-edited seven books and a number of academic articles. He is fluent in Spanish.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Rosenberg has testified numerous times before Congress and has served as a consultant to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has been a frequent resource for the national and international media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald and Univisión, and he has served on the board of editors of Latin Trade and Florida Trend. He is a past member of the selection board of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Journalism based at Columbia University.

Dr. Rosenberg is active in state economic development issues and is a member of the leadership team of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Board of Governors is the constitutional body created by voters in 2002 to provide leadership and coordination of Florida's public universities.

The State University System of Florida comprises 11 institutions — the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, the University of West Florida, the University of North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University and New College of Florida.