Florida Board of Governors confirms Dr. Kenneth A. Jessell FIU's sixth president

November 9, 2022

Dear members of the university community,

It is a celebratory day for the Panther family!

Dr. Kenneth A. Jessell, who has led FIU with diligence and pride since January as Interim President and most recently as President-Designate, was confirmed today by the Florida Board of Governors as the sixth president of FIU.

Presidential Search Committee Chair Rogelio Tovar and FIU Board of Trustees chair Dean Colson celebrate Dr. Kenneth A. Jessell's confirmation as FIU's sixth president.

President Jessell is the leader that FIU needs during this pivotal moment for our institution. He is smart, strategic, visionary, and so proud to be a Panther.

During his 13-year career at FIU, President Jessell has been instrumental in supporting the growth of FIU’s academic and research excellence, and I am confident that he will maintain our current momentum and continue to advance FIU’s excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching. 

Please join me in congratulating President Jessell on this extraordinary achievement.

Go Panthers!


Dean C. Colson
Chair, FIU Board of Trustees