Monday, August 31, 2015

UNO President Announces Retirement in January 2016

President FosUniversity 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:

  • Established the Privateer Enrollment Center, a one-stop-shop for all student enrollment services, centrally located on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library;
  • Helped create the UNO GE Capital Software Apprenticeship Program, which aims to build a stronger technology workforce, in cooperation with Louisiana Economic Development, through a world-class paid apprenticeship program;
  • Established the UNO International Center, a facility that serves as a campus hub for the University's international programs and services;
  • Improved relations with Delgado and Nunez community colleges through the development of several articulation agreements which enable students with an associate degree to easily transfer into UNO as upperclassmen;
  • Created, in cooperation with Greater New Orleans, Inc., graduate certificate programs in Coastal Sciences and Coastal Engineering;
  • Boosted the number of Homer L. Hitt Presidential Scholars—UNO's top academic scholarship—from 18 in fall 2012 to 133 in fall 2015;
  • Made the decision for the University's athletic program to remain a member of NCAA Division I, and thereafter, the Privateers joined the Southland Conference.

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.