Dr. W. Kent Fuchs

Dr. W. Kent Fuchs

Dr. Kent Fuchs became the 12th President of the University of Florida in January 2015. Building on many years of excellence and focused leadership, the university has since reached its goal of joining the nation’s Top 5 public research universities.

UF continues to advance through the addition of 600 new faculty positions, the construction of advanced and beautiful university facilities, a university wide artificial intelligence initiative and a fundraising campaign that is expected to top $4 billion by the end of 2022, a billion over its original goal.

Previous to the UF presidency, Dr. Fuchs was provost of Cornell University. He has served in academic leadership positions and as a faculty member of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell, Purdue and the University of Illinois.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery and has received numerous awards for teaching and research.

He earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University.

Dr. Fuchs is married to Linda Fuchs. The Fuchses have three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

President Fuchs announced in January that he is planning for this year to be his last as president. He will remain at UF as a professor in his home department of electrical and computer engineering.
Linda Fuchs

Linda Fuchs

Linda Fuchs is an art historian and a former teacher of art, French and journalism. The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she grew up on Long Island, New York, attended Wheaton College in Illinois, and moved to Florida to teach at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach. Later, while pursuing a master’s degree in Biblical studies at Trinity, in Deerfield, Illinois, she met Kent Fuchs. Married since 1981, they have four children and four grandchildren. 

Since earning master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and Cornell University, Linda’s research in art history focuses on funerary art of the third and early fourth centuries, a transition from late Roman art to early Christian art, before Christianity became a legal religion of the Roman Empire. One of her contributions identifies the first-known sculptural depiction of the resurrected Jesus. Her essay on this scene, found on the Vatican Jonah sarcophagus, appears in Revisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art.


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