Dosal to start new position as senior vice president for student success at UCF

Paul Dosal will begin his new position as the inaugural senior vice president for student success at UCF on July 1. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/USF

Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Success Paul Dosal announced Tuesday he will be stepping down from his position at USF as he has accepted the title of inaugural senior vice president for student success at UCF, effective June 30.

Dosal has held his current position for 12 years and has been part of the USF faculty since 1995. He said in a Tuesday email to faculty that serving as vice president “has been the greatest honor of [his] professional career.”

“I leave USF with mixed emotions,” he said. “While I am excited about the prospect of contributing my modest services to a sister university that is deepening its commitment to student success, it isn’t easy to leave.”

UCF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Johnson announced Dosal’s appointment in a universitywide email May 19.

In his position, Dosal’s main task was to increase student success. He cited the university’s efforts in supporting students to the student success model USF has created that is “emulated and envied” by other universities.

Dosal’s job duties at UCF will be similar, per Johnson’s email. He said Dosal will report to him and serve on the president’s cabinet as a leader of the univerity’s efforts to “create an inclusive and student-centered environment that ensures all students who start here [UCF] can finish here.”

He will be tasked with working alongside the vice president for student development and enrollment services, vice provost for student learning and academic success, deans and the community to find a structure in how to move forward with student success.

At an April 26 forum at UCF, Dosal said the end goal of the student success movement at USF at the time was to achieve preeminent status, which was attained in 2018. Now, Dosal said he feels as if his job at USF is done and it’s time for new challenges.

No announcement of how his position will be filled was made by the time of publication. However, he said whoever succeeds him will also aid USF in continuing the upward trajectory.

“Our work is not yet done, but the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter in my professional career,” he said. “What we accomplished wasn’t the product of an innovative program, big data or high tech. What we accomplished was the product of thousands of people who care about our students.”

This story was updated.