University of West Florida Leadership
Florida Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is comprised of 17 members, 14 of whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of seven years. The remaining members include the Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, the Commissioner of Education and the Chair of the Florida Student Association. The Board oversees the operation and management of the Florida public university system's 12 institutions.
UWF Board of Trustees
The UWF Board of Trustees is the 13-member governing body for the institution. The Governor of Florida appoints six of the members who serve five-year terms, and the Board of Governors appoints five of the members who serve five-year terms. All of these must be approved by the Senate. The president of the Faculty Senate holds one of those places. The final member is the president of the Student Government Association.
On Jan. 1, 2017, Dr. Martha D. Saunders began as the sixth president of the University of West Florida. President Saunders’ vision for UWF is for it to grow beyond its beginnings as a regional comprehensive university. She plans to build on the University’s strengths and its undergraduate traditions while creating programs that will attract the faculty and research funding needed to make the leap to the next level.
Dr. George Ellenberg serves as the University's chief academic officer as Provost and Senior Vice President. Provost Ellenberg is responsible for the allocation of resources for the academic program, the improvement of instruction, the correlation of instructional activities, the evaluation of University educational activities, the establishment of policy with respect to employment, evaluation, promotion and tenure consonant with existing Board of Governors and United Faculty of Florida contractual agreements, and the maintenance of personnel records of the academic staff. In the absence of the President, Dr. Ellenberg assumes the authority and responsibility of the President.
The President holds regular staff meetings with her senior leadership team, referred to as the "President's Cabinet."
Academic Affairs Administrative Units
The Division of Academic Affairs functions as the primary coordinating unit for academic programs and academic support operations. The division coordinates the allocation of instructional and research funds and other resources, works to improve the quality of instruction, correlates the evaluation of instructions, and establishes policy on faculty appointment, evaluation, promotion and tenure.