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Provost Simon J. Rhodes

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Simon J. Rhodes was appointed by President Szymanski as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Florida beginning July 1, 2019.  As provost, Rhodes oversees more than 560 full-time faculty members and six colleges: Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business, Arts and Sciences, Computing, Engineering and Construction, Education and Human Services and Hicks Honors College. Nearly 16,500 students attend UNF. He is also responsible for integrating Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as advancing the teaching, research and service mission of the University. 


Dr. Rhodes was previously the dean and professor of Biology School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Dr. Simon Rhodes received a Ph.D. in biochemistry/biological sciences from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.   His research has focused on characterization of the molecular pathways that control the development of the human pituitary gland. He has authored more than 80 research studies as well as several studies on science education.  Dr. Rhodes has contributed extensively, both locally and nationally, in outreach and service activities. He serves on the Endocrine Society Finance and Audit Committee. He has chaired the Research Committee of the U.S. Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS).  Dr. Rhodes recent awards include the 2019 Bepko Outstanding Administrator Award (from the university Faculty Council), the IUPUI Chancellor’s Medallion, a Resolution of Appreciation from the Trustees of Purdue University, 2019 Young Innovator’s Quest Champion Award, 2017 Norman Brown Diversity Scholars Program Mentor of the Year, 2015 Dr. Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity, and 2015 Purdue University College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award.