J. Bernard “Bernie” Machen
In eleven years as president of the University of Florida, President Machen has grown and enhanced the University while putting it on a path to rise among the best public universities in the nation. He has expanded UF’s research operation, elevated its education programs and increased access for students from a diversity of economic backgrounds.
Additionally, in 2013, President Machen launched UF on the nearly $1 billion UF Preeminence Plan to rise among the nation’s top public universities. As part of that plan, UF is hiring an estimated 120 new faculty members, with 60 hires already completed, who are expected to help advance UF research in 26 areas of promise. The Preeminence Plan is supported by $150 million in combined state-university dollars and an $800-million fundraising campaign.
President Machen received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, his doctorate of dental surgery from St. Louis University and his master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry and doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Chris, have three children and four grandchildren.