Elizabeth Dooley, who has served as the interim provost at the University of Central Florida since April, was appointed to the position full time at the beginning of October. She is the first African-American and the first woman in the school’s history to be named the university’s chief academic officer. She will also hold the role of vice president of academic affairs.
She fills the position formerly held by Dale Whittaker, who succeeded John Hitt as the university’s president. Dooley formerly worked as vice provost for teaching and learning and as dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies.
Dooley joined UCF in 2015 from West Virginia University, where she worked for 25 years in teaching, research and leadership roles. She holds a doctorate in education and a master’s degree in special education from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.
“I am deeply honored and humbled that President Whittaker, faculty, staff and students have put their faith in me to serve as provost at the greatest university in the world,” Dooley said in a news release. “The extraordinary support I have received as interim provost has been amazing, and I look forward to continuing to work each day to help achieve our university’s goal of becoming America’s 21st-century preeminent university.”