Press Release for Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Lovett resigns from Continuing Education Post

Lovett resigns post to become full-time faculty member

JACKSONVILLE -- After 20 years as the head of the University of North Florida’s rapidly growing Division of Continuing Education, Dr. Marcelle Lovett will resign her post effective July 1 to teach educational leadership.

In making the announcement, UNF Interim President David Kline praised Lovett for her leadership of the division. “While she has made a tremendous contribution to Continuing Education, UNF’s students in Educational Leadership will benefit greatly from her professional training and career experiences,” he said.

Lovett said that twenty years was a milestone for her in Continuing Education.

“I know I didn’t want to be the dean of Continuing Education forever and am thrilled that I have this opportunity. I have been a student of leadership over the years. UNF has been a great teacher for me. I’ve been able to work with a variety of community leaders and have learned a great deal. The study and practice of leadership are my passion,” she added.

Lovett will be leaving behind an organization that has blossomed under her leadership. As the third dean of Continuing Education, Lovett has watched the division grow steadily to the point where today it offers more than 300 non-credit courses and enrolls nearly 13,000 individuals each year. This growth is also reflected in staffing which has increased to nearly 20, compared to less than a half-dozen when she assumed the position in 1985, succeeding Dr. Tom Healy. At the same time, UNF Continuing Education has won 11 national/international awards for its innovative programs.

In addition to guiding Continuing Education’s rapid growth, Lovett also has played a key role in the recently opened University Center.The $14 million, 95,000-square-foot Center, which was opened in 1998, not only houses Continuing Education but also a number of other University programs. Lovett oversaw the design, construction, fund-raising and staffing of the Center which has also become one of the areas preeminent conference centers in the region.

“This is a very happy decision for me. The best time to leave is when things are going well and Continuing Education has never been any better than it is right now. I feel really good about leaving a ivision that has achieved many goals but is also positioned to achieve even more,” she said.