Randy Avent, North Carolina State University’s associate vice-chancellor of research development, has been appointed the first president of Florida Polytechnic, the Lakeland university announced Monday.
A search committee approved the appointment at a meeting Monday morning at the Lakeland Center.
Avent, 55, will lead the university when it opens in August. When he leaves NC State, he will also leave a position as a computer science professor. He also served as the founding director of the school’s Data Science Institute. He also worked in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory.
Avent is expected to join the university in the summer. Florida Poly’s board of trustees has immediately begun negotiating a contract. His hiring will go to the state Board of Governors for confirmation.