What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Assistant Vice Provost. I am responsible for various issues, including those related to compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, faculty relations, and academic affairs.
What is your history at UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
I started as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and worked my way up to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Coordinator of BS/BA programs and Coordinator of the MPA program in the School of Public Administration. I then was named as a Dean’s Faculty Fellow, an Interim Associate Dean, and then the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Technology for the College. Most recently, I was a Provost’s Fellow, and then was hired as the Assistant Vice Provost. My responsibilities have included various areas of administration, including program review and accreditation, information technology, graduate and undergraduate studies, institutional effectiveness, budgeting, space allocation, and purchasing/procurement.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
The day I was notified that I received tenure and was being promoted. It was a proud day for me and for my family—who had sacrificed a lot along the way to help me get there.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
I would establish a program in each college whereby any central Florida high school student who is homeless could have their tuition and expenses covered by UCF. Being homeless should not be a barrier to an education.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
If you’re not moving forward, you’re not moving in the right direction.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
The Chart House on Lido Key. The stone crab claws are excellent, and the view at sunset is spectacular!
What is your favorite book or movie or song?
It’s not a literary work, but the message is a powerful one: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. As a public servant, it has real meaning to me.
What is your favorite sport to watch or participate?
Baseball. It doesn’t matter if it’s high school, college or major league baseball—I could watch games all day long.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be?
A flower garden. Gardening is one of my passions. It teaches you patience, and confirms that with dedication and care, beautiful things can bloom.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF, who would you choose and why?
Baseball Coach Terry Rooney. I am a huge fan of Knights Baseball!
Name and describe a teacher from you past who truly inspired you?
My mom. She had a great sense of humor and a strong sense of ethics, and she was always pushing me to be my best.
What undergraduate class/program inspired you the most and why?
Deductive logic. It taught me the art of making a strong argument.