State board approves Bense as UWF president thru Dec. 2016

Judith Bense, president of the University of West Florida since 2007, received approval Thursday to remain in the post as the Pensacola school plans to start looking for a new leader.

The state university system’s Board of Governors unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Bense — a move that came after the University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to extend her contract through December 2016. In a June letter to the Board of Governors, University of West Florida trustees Chairman Lewis Bear said the university anticipates starting a search for a new president this fall.

Board of Governors Chairman Mori Hosseini praised Bense for making changes as the state has moved toward more of a performance-based funding system for universities.

“Judy, you outdid yourself,” Hosseini said to Bense, who was at the board’s meeting in Gainesville.

source: The News Service of Florida