University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that he will retire on January 31, 2016. Fos, a New Orleans native and UNO graduate, is the sixth leader in the 57-year history of the institution. He began his tenure as president in January 2012.
"Serving as the president of my alma mater has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream," Fos said. "The University of New Orleans is incredibly special to me, and I have worked tirelessly to make it a better place for our students, faculty and staff. I believe that I have contributed all that I can, and it is because I care so much for the institution that I can say it is time for a new president to bring it to new heights. I also wanted to give the University of Louisiana System sufficient time for it to carry out a seamless transition."
"The Board and I express our gratitude to President Fos for his work over the past four years during a very difficult time for higher education," said Sandra K. Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System. "No institution has faced more challenges than the University of New Orleans. We wish Dr. Fos well in his retirement and look forward to working closely with him over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition."
A few highlights of President Fos' tenure include:
Before coming to UNO, President Fos was a professor and program director of health policy and systems management at LSU Health Sciences Center. He previously spent three years as provost and executive vice president at The University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi for four years. President Fos has held faculty positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He spent 17 years at Tulane University in the Department of Health Systems Management.
President Fos received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at UNO, a doctor of dental surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, and a master of public health and doctor of philosophy in health care decision analysis at Tulane University. He is married to Lori, who is also a UNO graduate.