The University of Florida Board of Trustees held the first session Thursday of a two-day retreat at Lake Wauburg to discuss the path UF will take moving forward.
Provost Joseph Glover said the University is constantly looking to make itself more attractive to both students and professors.
“Tenure upon hire is a condition of employment, and it’s one we use to attract the very best people,” Glover said. He added, “Since they already have tenure at their home institution, very often they ask for it here, as well.”
Glover pointed to UF’s placement in a recent US News and World Report college ranking as a clear indicator of the University’s continuing success.
“We really get some of the finest students in the state of Florida, so we have a very competitive student body. Once the students are here, they are retained and graduate in a timely fashion,” he said.
In addition, Glover said the Board and faculty are also working toward improving UF’s financial situation.
“We discuss this constantly,” he said. “The president and deans make great efforts to raise funds from private donors.”
The retreat will resume Friday at Lake Wauburg.
George Pappas edited this story online.