Important Presidential Leadership Announcement

March 25, 2022

Dear Florida Tech community:

We are writing to share important news regarding a change in leadership at Florida Tech.

Earlier today President Dwayne McCay informed the Board of Trustees of his decision to retire as president for personal reasons at the conclusion of the 2022 fiscal year. The Board has accepted his resignation and has granted his request for immediate personal leave for the remainder of the fiscal year to spend time with his family.

We thank President McCay and his wife, Mary Helen, for their many years of service to the university, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. We are especially grateful for President McCay’s leadership during the pandemic, and, in particular, his ability to keep our community informed, focused, and united during uncertain times.

The Board of Trustees has authorized the creation of the “Office of the President” effective immediately lead by Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Marco Carvalho, and Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Mike Jones. Under the authority of this office, Dr. Carvalho will serve as acting president. This group will work in partnership to ensure continuity of university management and governance during this transitional time. 

The Board commits its utmost confidence in this experienced leadership team as they work together to oversee university operations. Additionally, current Board of Trustees academic chair, Dr. Svafa Gronfeldt, will serve as Board liaison in the Office of the President further ensuring this leadership team will have the full support of the Board of Trustees as they lead the university.

The Board of Trustees will soon begin a formal and thorough search process for the next president. More information will be forthcoming, but we expect that search to be led by a special board-appointed search committee.

While we understand that transitions like these can be difficult, these changes do not impact our university’s unwavering commitment to our diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni and their relentless pursuit of greatness. We remain dedicated to advancing our mission and ensuring that Florida Tech continues to be a university of distinction, quality, and value – one that is internationally recognized for excellence in science and technology, both now and in the future.


Travis Proctor
Board Chair
Florida Institute of Technology

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