The UF Board of Trustees passed a series of action items, named trustee Rahul Patel as its vice chair and previewed the university’s long-term goals and courses of action more than a month into Ben Sasse’s term as president.
Patel will replace outgoing trustee Tom Kuntz, whose term ended in early January, as vice chair. Kuntz was replaced as a trustee by Patrick Zalupski, for whom it was the first Board of Trustees meeting.
The board also voted to extend Morteza “Mori” Hosseini’s term as chair through 2025, to align his term with Patel’s as vice chair to that of the chair.
It was the final meeting for trustee Amanda Phalin, whose term as senate faculty chair will end May 31, and Student Body President Lauren Lemasters.
The board also passed three action items unanimously: One approved appointments of directors to University Direct Support Organizations; another implements the changes to a UF Board of Governors resolution that relates to how and why academic programs would be terminated; and a third approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement between UF Board of Trustees and the Florida Police Benevolent Association Lieutenants Bargaining Union.
The trustees also approved tenure upon hire for six incoming professors, approved a new master’s degree in business analytics and approved the College of Medicine’s request to reduce the number of credit hours for a master’s degree with a major in medical sciences and a concentration in gerontology from 36 to 30.
The Board of Trustees will hold its next meeting June 8 at Emerson Alumni Hall.
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