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Joyce Dorner Assumes Position as Interim Dean of the College

ORLANDO, June 29, 2006 – The University of Central Florida has appointed Joyce Dorner interim dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs. She assumes the position this month from Dean Belinda McCarthy, who served as dean of the college since fall of 1990 and is leaving UCF to become the first provost at Missouri State University.

As interim dean, Dorner will oversee the college’s academic programs, which include undergraduate, graduate, certificate and internship programs, as well as the Center for Community Partnerships, Florida Institute of Government at UCF, Florida Center for Nursing, Public Safety Technology Center, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and Communication Disorders Clinic.

Dean Dorner received her degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Florida. She joined UCF’s nursing faculty in 1980 and served as interim chair of the nursing program prior to accepting an associate dean position in the College of Health and Public Affairs. She served as associate dean in the college for 12 years with responsibilities in a number of areas, such as academic and student affairs, undergraduate and graduate studies, budget and personnel operations, development liaison, and acting director for the Florida Center for Nursing.

This past year while on professional development leave from the college, Dorner worked closely with Denise Young, the university’s associate vice president for planning and evaluation, on UCF’s successful re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also assisted in the development of the medical school proposal, and on May 30 Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill establishing the UCF College of Medicine.

-- Kristie Smeltzer

Interim Dean Joyce Dorner

Photo by Thomas Alan Smilie