Welcome to the University of Florida Faculty Senate. It is my privilege to serve as your 2016-2017 Chair.
The faculty of the University of Florida are the keystone for this great institution. It is through our scholarship in teaching, research and service that the University of Florida will rise to preeminence. Through our Land Grant mission, we have a great responsibility to fulfill for our great state, Florida.
Our breadth of academic programs make accessible education for students from not only Florida, but across the United States and internationally. Strong academic programs lead to top student recruitment at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels. The academic scholarship of our faculty help provide state of the art educational programs to students through innovative online technology, award-winning instructors, and academic advising. With nearly 53,000 students our faculty truly are at the center of the university supporting each student as they strive to reach their academic and professional goals.
As a premier research institution, we have a unique position to not only conduct novel and scholarly work, but also to address the issues that our state faces. Through our Research and Education Centers we have a direct link to the citizens of the state, providing to them solutions to real issues impacting us all. This is accomplished through nearly 706 million dollars in sponsored funding. Further, research by faculty has resulted in 85 licenses and patents and 15 start-ups in 2015 alone. Our research is providing real impact to improve the lives of people everywhere.
It is through our extension and outreach that the University of Florida truly extends its reach to the citizens of Florida. Our faculty on-campus and in each county are uniquely positioned to create long lasting opportunities for the youth, families, industry, and communities of Florida. Our precious natural resources support our vibrant food and agricultural commodities, which our faculty work to protect, preserve, and support each day.
I am looking forward to this year working with each of you to continue our pledge of making the University of Florida the best it can truly be.
Chair, Faculty Senate