Second candidate presents case to be first-ever dean at new college

Nicoleta Bugnariu, candidate for UCF's College of Health Professions and Sciences first-ever dean, answers questions during the forum's question and answer session Monday. As the search for the new dean continues, the forums will be open to the public and live-streamed for those not able to attend.

Nicoleta Bugnariu introduced herself to faculty members Monday as one of four candidates considered for the College of Health Professions and Sciences' first-ever dean.

The college is holding open forums for each of its dean candidates, where candidates present their qualifications to the public followed by an open question and answer session. 

Bugnariu is currently working at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research in the School of Health Professions. She is the second candidate to present in front of members of the College of Health Professions and Sciences' faculty and anyone wishing to attend.

The forums are open to the public and live-streamed through Adobe Connect for those not able to attend.

Bugnariu is a physical therapist from Romania with a doctorate in philosophy neuroscience from the University of Ottawa in Canada. She spoke about her experiences serving as the interim dean at the UNT Health Science Center from October 2016 to February 2019, as well as her overall experience gained from more than two decades in academia.  

She was also asked during the question and answer session about a program she created for faculty at UNT and whether or not she would potentially recreate it at UCF. Bugnariu said the program is designed to work with faculty to create the best schooling environment for them and students. It works with them on scheduling flexibility and research and technology access, among other things.

Above all, Bugnariu said she considers herself a “principled woman.” She said she strives for excellence and wants to help the College of Health Professions and Sciences be in a position to do the same.

“That’s what I want to do with my life — open up these opportunities to students,” Bugnariu said in her presentation. “I want to live for something greater than myself, and I want to help others get there.”

UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences' current interim dean, Jeffrey Stout, made his presentation for the new dean position on Wednesday. 

The final candidate to make a presentation is Christopher Ingersoll, vice provost for Health Science Affairs and dean of the College of Health and Human Services at the University of Toledo. Ingersoll will give his presentation on March 18 at 1:15 p.m. in the Garden Key Meeting Room at the Student Union.

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