Chris Cowen, UF senior vice president and chief financial officer, will resign from the university July 1. He will trade his current job for a similar one at Cornell University, according to a UF press release.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity the Board of Trustees and the president provided me to contribute to such a wonderful institution for the State of Florida and nation,” Cowen said in the press release. “Once a Gator, always a Gator, so I will continue to admire what I am certain will be tremendous accomplishments at UF going forward.”
This marks another decision to leave UF from a high-profile, administrative position in the past few months as the university continues its searches for a new provost, honors director, vice president of advancement and law school dean.
He spent three years as CFO, during which he oversaw university finances and served on the Board of Directors at UF Health. Previously, he had 30 years of experience in investment banking for Bank of America; Goldman, Sachs and Co. and other firms.
Cowen is a skilled and steady financial leader who will be an asset to Cornell, UF President Ben Sasse said in the press release.
“Chris has done amazing work for Gator Nation, and we’re tremendously grateful for his clear-eyed vision and his commitment to excellence,” he said.
It’s unclear what the hiring process for Cowen’s replacement will look like as of April 13.
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