Academic leader at James Madison named associate provost at UF
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Daniel A. Wubah, special assistant to the president at James Madison University, has been appointed associate provost for undergraduate affairs at the University of Florida, UF Provost Janie Fouke announced today.
Wubah has held a variety of positions at James Madison since 2000, including associate dean, professor of biology and pre-med coordinator. Previously, he was a professor and chairman of the biology department at Towson University in Baltimore.
“Dr. Wubah understands the extraordinary strength of the undergraduate population at the University of Florida, and he agrees with me that we need to leverage that for the benefit of each individual student and also for the benefit of the state of Florida,” Fouke said.
Wubah will be paid $150,000 a year and will start work July 1.
At James Madison, Wubah has helped to develop undergraduate curriculum, new programs and academic units, and international programs, including an undergraduate research program that is one of only two in Africa funded by the National Science Foundation.
He designed and established a program that pays the full cost of attending James Madison for students from low socio-economic backgrounds or are the first in their families to attend college – a program similar to UF’s Florida Opportunity Scholars program. Wubah also completed two programs that have smoothed the transfer of minority students in science and mathematics from community colleges to state universities in Virginia.
“A distinguished university is built on the quality of the people,” Wubah said. “With very bright students, an outstanding faculty, committed staff and a team of visionary leaders, University of Florida is poised to be one of the greatest institutions of higher learning in our nation. I am honored, thrilled and excited to join this renowned community and to work with my colleagues to elevate undergraduate education to national prominence.”
Wubah graduated from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and completed his graduate degrees from the University of Akron and the University of Georgia.