With Mark Rosenberg on his way out as the chancellor of Florida's university system, the Board of Governors needed someone to run the ship as it looked for the next permanent leader.
Board leader Sheila McDevitt has found that man in John Delaney.
She is recommending that the University of North Florida president (and former Jacksonville mayor) become "president in residence," assuming many of the chancellor's duties while remaining in charge at the Jacksonville school, the board announced Tuesday.
The recommendation will go to the full board in November. Delaney, who said he will not seek the chancellor's post, said he looked forward to the job.
"UNF's strategy in Tallahassee has always been consistent with the Board of Governors' priorities, and our board of trustees at UNF wants to assist the university system during this time in transition and budgetary climate," Delaney said.