Minear New UWF VP

Press Release: University of West Florida (UWF) President Judith A. Bense this week announced the appointment of Dorothy ‘Dottie” J. Minear, Ph.D. to senior associate vice president overseeing UWF’s reaccreditation and university wide assessment, effective Oct. 1.

Minear replaces the retiring Carl Backman, Ph.D. who has overseen the accreditation process with SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Minear most recently served as senior associate vice chancellor of academic and student affairs with the State University System and Florida Board of Governors in Tallahassee and has more than 34 years in the field of higher education.

“Dr. Minear has a record of success and knowledge in the field of higher education, particularly in the state of Florida,” said Bense. “She has solid credentials, but has also earned a broad respect for her work among her colleagues at UWF. Many of us have worked with her in various capacities, and she will be able to make an immediate impact on our areas of need.”

UWF leadership participated in several discussions of the “new normal” in 2010, which identified gaps in current operations, including those areas over which Minear will be responsible. The “new normal” concept simply means that the current budget conditions will not go away, and successful universities will find innovative ways to move forward.

Her career in higher education includes work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pfeiffer College, the University of Tennessee, Mary Washington College, Western Carolina University and Haywood Technical College.

Minear holds a doctorate degree from Florida State University, an educational specialist degree from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree from Western Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College.

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