Dale Whittaker came to the University of Central Florida in August 2014 to serve as its provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, providing leadership to UCF’s 13 colleges, multiple campuses and research centers and institutes. He was promoted to provost and executive vice president in 2015 and became the university’s fifth president on July 1, 2018, following a nationwide search.
Since arriving at UCF, he has helped recruit and hire more than 200 new faculty members, launched an interdisciplinary teaching and research faculty cluster initiative, led the creation of a downtown campus, elevated UCF’s digital learning efforts to improve student success and embarked on a 20-year strategic planning process.
As president, Whittaker will focus on developing the best talent and creating deeper and wider partnerships across and beyond the university. He will also continue his commitment to giving students equal opportunities through education; he and UCF President Emeritus John C. Hitt previously worked together on the University Innovation Alliance.
Whittaker is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, with an equal passion for the arts, and for providing students with authentic learning experiences that will lead to greater success in their lives while at UCF and after.