Gator Engineering welcomes fellow engineer as 12th president of the University of Florida

Gator Engineering, together with the rest of the University of Florida, is very proud to announce the appointment of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs as president-elect of the university. 

Dr. Fuchs comes to us from Cornell University where he served as provost and Chief Operating Officer. His engineering career includes service as the Joseph Silbert Dean of the Cornell University College of Engineering, Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, and the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor, and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois (1985-1996).

Cornell President Dr. David Skorton paid Dr. Fuchs high tribute for his role in executing the strategic plan, “Reimagining Cornell,” in which a leaner and stronger Cornell emerged, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island was established. Both as dean and as provost, Dr. Fuchs also led efforts to increase faculty and student diversity.

Dr. Fuchs is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

More details on Dr. Fuchs’ contributions at Cornell can be found in the Cornell Chronicle article. Learn more about his UF appointment at

We’re proud to have an engineer as the new leader of UF!