WVU official finalist to lead Florida college

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Vice President of WVU Startup West Virginia and Milan Puskar Dean, Javier Reyes is one of seven candidates to be the president of the University of Central Florida.

Reyes is considered an expert in distance education, global economic matters, accomplished researcher and has published articles in many respected publications.

Reyes is a member of the inaugural TIAA National Hispanic Advisory Council and the national board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

The University of Central Florida is a public research university based in Orlando, Florida. The university has campuses in Cocoa, Clemont, Daytona Beach, Kissimee, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay and Sanford with partnerships at other community colleges in the area.

Other candidates include Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Barbara Boyan, engineering dean at Virginia Commonwealth University, David Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of California San Diego, Amr Elnashai, vice president and vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at the University of Houston, Vistasp Karbhari, president of the University of Texas at Arlington, Richard Larson, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Cato Laurencin, chief executive officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut;