Ken Fuchs
Ken Fuchs

The University of Florida's board of trustees has selected Kent Fuchs, Cornell University provost, as its 12th president.

Fuchs' appointment still requires ratification by the Florida Board of Governors, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 5-6.

If approved, he will begin his new position Jan. 1, 2015.

Fuchs replaces Bernie Machen, who served as president from Jan. 5, 2004, until stepping down earlier this year.

Fuchs brings 20 years of leadership at a land-grant college, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University, according to a news release.

For the past 12 years, he has served as dean and then provost of Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell.

At Cornell, he oversaw a $2.2 billion in annual operating budget and 6,600 full-time employees.

Fuchs received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Duke University, a master's in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a master's and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.