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Tomova Named Dean of the College of Sciences

Dr. Maggy Tomova will be responsible for strengthening research and graduate programs, student success, philanthropy, and overall operations at UCF's largest college.

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I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maggy Tomova will serve as dean of the College of Sciences beginning October 18.

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Dr. Tomova joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she is currently associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before that, she served as chair (department executive officer) of the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Tomova is a professor of mathematics whose research in low dimensional manifolds and knot theory has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, including an NSF Career Award. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is completing an M.B.A. at the University of Nebraska.

As dean, Dr. Tomova will be responsible for strengthening research and graduate programs, student success, philanthropy, and the many other activities that make a strong college. These activities support President Cartwright’s plan to shape UCF into a top metropolitan public research university, one that successfully educates students from all backgrounds. Dr. Tomova brings experience facilitating faculty research and a passion for recruiting and supporting faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds. She will bring a collaborative leadership style and strategic thinking to bear on the opportunities and issues that future years bring.

I would like to thank the search committee and its co-chairs, Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff and Mr. Jeff Moore, for their efforts in seeking strong dean candidates. And I am particularly grateful to Dr. Tosha Dupras for her willingness to assume the role of interim dean, and her outstanding work during a very challenging time.

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Tomova to UCF.