Vice President for University Affairs, Dr. Kyle Marrero, will be leaving the University of West Florida after seven years of service.
“It is with mixed emotions that I ask you to join me in congratulating Dr. Kyle Marrero who was just named as the next President of the University of West Georgia,” said President Judy Bense in an email sent on March 22. “Kyle was my first appointment at the vice presidential level. I believed in his talents and knew someday he would make a good president.”
In the fall of 2005, Marrero became the director of the school of Fine and Performing Arts and chair of department of music. Bense appointed Marrero to vice president for the department of University Advancement in 2009. During his time as vice president, Marrero has overseen the UWF Foundation, which asks for voluntary donations from UWF alumni and corporations for endowment funds, and was on the Strategic Planning Facilitators Team that developed the 2012-2017 university strategic plan.
“It’s bittersweet,” Marrero said. “I have adored my time here at UWF. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that President Bense has provided to me.
“I wouldn’t have this opportunity or trajectory in my career if it wasn’t for her belief in my abilities and talents,” he said. “I love Pensacola. I love UWF, but we all find ourselves in our own professional growth with opportunities that we know will help us to learn, continue to grow and serve. For me, it’s always been the greater good; the ability to be involved in higher education and transform lives.”
Marrero’s first day as president of UWF will be July 1. Marrero plans to stay at UWF through the first week of June to see through certain institutional initiatives and fundraising opportunities that he would like to complete before leaving office. He said that the administration hopes to announce a transition plan within the next week for interim vice president.
“(I’m) so positive on where UWF is going now.” he said. “The talent that is at the vice president level, the colleagues that I work with and the entirety of the institution is heading in all the right directions. I’m proud to think that I was perhaps a part of that, but at the same time I know it’s on good footing to move forward.
“You never know, I may end up back here someday,” he said.