Press Release for Thursday, April 29, 2004

UNF Names Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE – Dr. Gerry Giordano, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, has accepted the University of North Florida’s offer to become the University’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“I’m thrilled to be joining UNF at a time when the University is going from good to great,” Giordano said. “President Delaney’s commitment to excellence, focus, relevance and accountability is evident throughout the campus, and I’m looking forward to tackling the challenges these high standards present.”

Giordano, who will begin at UNF this summer, will become the University’s chief academic officer. He will lead UNF’s Academic Affairs and work closely with the president and the Board of Trustees in charting the University’s future course.

As provost, Giordano will oversee more than 460 full-time faculty members and five colleges: Arts and Sciences; Coggin College of Business; Computing, Engineering and Construction; Education and Human Services; and Health. More than 14,000 students attend the University.

“Gerry’s intellect, skills, leadership and vision are a perfect fit for UNF,” Delaney said. “He brings a wealth of academic experience and a fresh perspective to our campus.”

Giordano was selected from a pool of 125 applicants in a national search.

Giordano, who received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University in 1975, has spent six years as a dean at Utah State. Prior to joining Utah State in 1998, Giordano held several positions at New Mexico State University from 1976 to 1998.

As dean, Giordano enabled the College of Education to move from the 50th top academically ranked college of education to become the 32nd top-ranked college in the country, as well as helping it to become the fourth best externally funded college of education.

In addition to providing strong leadership, Giordano has remained an active scholar. He has written numerous scholarly books, book chapters and journal articles.

Giordano is completing his latest book, which is on the history of assessment in education. It is the fourth volume of a five-volume set on 20th-century education.
Giordano’s family includes wife Karen and three children.

Dr. A. David Kline, who was provost at UNF for nine years, as well as interim president, will return to the faculty and direct the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.

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