Tony Waldrop, the head of research and economic development at UNC-Chapel Hill will be the next provost at the University of Central Florida.
Waldrop, Carolina's vice chancellor for research and economic development since 2001, leaves for UCF this summer, Chancellor Holden Thorp has announced in an email to university faculty and staff.
While this is a huge loss for us, it is a great move for Tony and for higher education," Thorp wrote. "UCF is an exciting university and undoubtedly will benefit from Tony's extensive skills and experience."
Waldrop, a Carolina alum who was a track star while a student in Chapel Hill, presided over a long stretch of growth in the university's external research funding. The university's research funding totaled $438.7 million when he took over in 2001; last year, it had grown to $716 million.
Waldrop has also been involved in the development of the new Carolina Physical Science Complex, the largest construction endeavor in campus history.
Thorp will soon appoint an interim vice chancellor.