UCF provost placed on leave while school re­views con­cerns

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By An­nie Martin

UCF Provost El­iz­a­beth Doo­ley has been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive while the univer­sity re­views un­spec­i­fied con­cerns about her, In­terim Pres­i­dent Thad Sey­mour an­nounced Fri­day.

Sey­mour de­scribed the de­ci­sion as a “lead­er­ship up­date” in a mes­sage posted to the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Florida’s web­site.

“Ear­lier today, I placed Provost El­iz­a­beth Doo­ley on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave,” Sey­mour wrote. “She agreed this de­ci­sion al­lows her to tem­po­rar­ily step away while we work to fully un­der­stand con­cerns that have been raised, and I ap­pre­ci­ate her com­mit­ment to co­op­er­ate.”

Doo­ley, 62, wasn’t im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Sey­mour’s state­ment didn’t elab­o­rate on the na­ture of his con­cerns, but the de­ci­sion came af­ter a Twitter user with the name “Univer­sity of Cor­rup­tion and Fraud” posted sev­eral mes­sages about Doo­ley, in­clud­ing screen­shots of text mes­sages she re­port­edly sent to oth­ers.

“I am call­ing on the resignatio­n or re­moval of Provost El­iz­a­beth Doo­ley,” the Twitter user wrote on Jan. 7. “Re­sign and save more pub­lic scru­tiny and em­bar­rass­ment.”

A univer­sity spokesman didn’t re­spond to ques­tions about whether the de­ci­sion to place Doo­ley on leave was re­lated to the ac­cu­sa­tions posted on Twitter.

Doo­ley, who started her ca­reer as a pub­lic school teacher, has worked at UCF since 2015. She pre­vi­ously served as vice provost for teach­ing and learn­ing and the dean of the Col­lege of Un­der­grad­u­ate Stud­ies. She was tapped to serve as provost at UCF in 2018 af­ter her pre­de­ces­sor, Dale Whittaker, be­came pres­i­dent of the univer­sity.

She’s the first African Amer­i­can and first woman in the school’s 50-year his­tory to serve as provost, an aca­demic-cen­tered po­si­tion. She re­ports di­rectly to Sey­mour.

Dur­ing Doo­ley’s leave, Jana Jasinski, vice provost for Fac­ulty Ex­cel­lence, will serve as act­ing provost, Sey­mour said in the state­ment.


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