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Provost’s Message: Dr. Scott Marzilli Named University College Dean

Dear UHD Community,

Dr. Scott Marzilli

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Marzilli has accepted the position of Dean of the University College. Dr. Marzilli will officially join our team on June 1, 2018 and we are looking forward to his arrival.

Dr. Marzilli served as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Innovation & Student Success and Dean of the University College at The University of Texas at Tyler. He currently holds the academic rank of Professor for the institution’s Department of Health and Kinesiology.

He holds a Ph.D. in Motor Behavior from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Human Movement and Sports from California Polytechnic State University (CPSU). He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Kinesiology from CPSU.

Dr. Marzilli is an award-winning educator and an accomplished researcher. His career spans more than 20 years in higher education, and he has led several student success initiatives at UT-Tyler. His experience as an administrator and an educator will benefit our institution and most importantly, our students.

I would like to thank Dr. Leigh Van Horn, Interim Dean of the College of Public Service, who led the search committee, as well as the committee members. They worked diligently with the firm of Greenwood and Asher in identifying top candidates from across the nation.

Likewise, I must extend my gratitude to current University College Dean, Dr. Chris Birchak, who is retiring soon. Her service to our students and the University College has been invaluable, and she will be missed here at UHD.

And, I thank all who attended the candidates’ public forums and submitted feedback. Your contributions were helpful in selecting our next University College Dean.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Marzilli and welcoming him to campus. I know he will soon discover what I learned when I arrived here—that UHD is a special place.


Ed Hugetz
Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost