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USF marine science dean to leave, return to research and teaching

Jacqueline Dixon announced the move Monday. Now the college is looking for her replacement.
Jacqueline Dixon is leaving her role as dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. She will return to research and teaching June 30. [Courtesy Aimee Blodgett]
Published Jun. 14
Updated Jun. 18

Jacqueline Dixon, dean of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, announced this week that she’s leaving the leadership role to return to teaching.

After eight years as dean, Dixon, 60, wants to “re-immerse” herself in scientific research and student mentoring, according to an email to university leadership Monday by USF provost Ralph Wilcox.

Under her “strong and visionary leadership, Marine Science has realized tremendous gains,” Wilcox wrote, noting expanded educational opportunities and research, as well as successful recruitment of diverse students.

“Today, the college is well-positioned for even greater national and global prominence as we embark upon an international search for its next distinguished leader," he said.

The move comes as USF nears consolidation of its three campuses. Dixon in September expressed worry that the change might affect the college’s research capabilities.

READ: USF faces a reality as it prepares to consolidate: This is going to be hard.

Dixon will begin her new work in July 2020 and in the meantime, continue to lead the college until a new dean is found. She has seen much personal success in her time at USF, Wilcox noted in the email.

Most recently, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She also is a fellow of the American Association and received a fellowship at the Advancement of Science and the Carnegie Institution of Science.

Contact Megan Reeves at Follow @mareevs.

Note: A previous version of this story misstated the date Jacqueline Dixon will step down as dean of the College of Marine Science. It also incorrectly characterized how consolidation might affect the college.


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