University of Florida President Bernie Machen announced in early June that he will be stepping down as president, ending his tenure.
Machen, 68, made his announcement at the UF Board of Trustees meeting in Gainesville on June 8. He will continue to lead the university until its governing board fills his position for 2013. Machen took office Jan. 4, 2004 as UF’s 11th president.
For almost 10 years, Machen focused on expanding research opportunities, embraced sustainability ideals and practices and created a more financially independent university.
“This has been the most exciting and productive period of my career, and I feel we have everything in place for a great future,” Machen said in a press release. There is a time for everything, and I will be excited to move on to the next phase of my life when the university is ready for a smooth transition.”