Student management

Announcement of New UCF Senior Vice President for Student Success

After a nationwide search, Paul Dosal has accepted the position of Senior Vice President for Student Success at UCF. He plans to start his new role on July 1.

Dosal is vice president for student success at the University of South Florida (USF), where he manages a consolidated unit that combines enrollment planning and management, student affairs, and undergraduate studies. Since 2010, he has been responsible for coordinating university-wide efforts to increase retention and graduation rates, increase student satisfaction, minimize financial debt, and prepare all students for career success. or their graduate and professional schools.

“Paul is an experienced leader with proven results in leading student success and well-being efforts,” said Michael D. Johnson, executive vice president and executive vice president for academic affairs. “At the heart of our plans for the future, as detailed in our new strategic plan, will be creating the culture, opportunities and support for our students to unlock their potential. Paul has the experience and the passion to help us achieve this vision. I am delighted that he brings his expertise to UCF.

At USF, Dosal led the university-wide student success initiative to achieve criteria set by the State of Florida to qualify for preeminence, a designation reserved for leading research universities in state, which USF achieved in 2018. As part of this initiative, and through a collaborative effort involving all colleges, campuses, and units, Dosal has helped USF achieve remarkable gains in successful of undergraduate students, including a 28 percentage point increase in six-year graduation rates (from 48% to 76%) during his 12-year administrative tenure.

“I view performance metrics as a tool to help us measure the quality of our student services as an institution,” says Dosal. “Focusing on initiatives to promote higher levels of performance is the right thing to do for our students. I am excited to build on the significant progress already made and develop a movement that will take UCF to the next level.

In his role at UCF, Dosal will report to the Provost and Executive Vice President and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet to develop, implement and evaluate initiatives and programs that will provide focus and accountability for success. , student well-being and completion. efforts across the institution. He will also be responsible for cultivating an integrated, comprehensive, and intentional student experience by creating an inclusive, student-centered environment that ensures all students who start here can end here.

Dosal will work closely with Adrienne Frame, Acting Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services; Theodorea Berry, vice provost for student learning and academic success and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies; the deans; and the campus community to recommend the optimal structure for our student success activities in the future.

Born and raised in Tampa, Dosal is a fourth-generation descendant of Cuban immigrants who settled in Ybor City in 1889. He received his BA in international politics from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He earned his MA in Latin American Studies and his Ph.D. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, he taught for nine years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His scholarship focuses on the modern history of Cuba and the Caribbean region. He is the author of four books, including Commander Chea study of the military career of legendary Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, and Doing business with the dictatora story of the infamous United Fruit Company in Guatemala at the turn of the 20th century.

The 16-member research committee, which included faculty, staff, and student representatives, was co-chaired by Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, dean of Burnett Honors College, and Paige Borden, director of analysis.