UF gets new COO from Southern Cal
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.
A senior vice president from the University of Southern California will succeed Win Phillips as chief operating officer for the University of Florida, UF President Bernie Machen announced Thursday.
Charles E. Lane, associate senior vice president for career and protective services at USC, will start April 1, four months after Phillips officially stepped down in December. Lane will oversee UF's Division of Business Affairs, Office of Human Resources, Division of Information Technology and Chief Audit Executive, the university announced.
"Charlie has developed a wealth of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors that covers a broad range of expertise," Machen said in a news release. "That is just the background we need at an institution as comprehensive as the University of Florida."
Lane joined USC in 1991 as director for environmental health and safety, according to his USC biography. Before that he ran health and safety programs at the University of Houston, at Intermedics and at Texas Instruments.
He received his doctorate in public administration from USC in 1998.
Lane has been associate senior vice president for career and protective services since 2005, a job that includes administering university security, risk management and insurance programs, along with workers' compensation, disability, employee and faculty development, and environmental planning and safety.
Lane said he was looking forward to working with Machen and the senior management team at UF to achieve the goals Machen has outlined for Top 10 status and other measures.
"This is an exciting time to be joining the UF family," he said. "I'm very eager to identify ways in which the operations that I am responsible for can support the pre-eminence initiative."
Phillips came to UF in 1988 as the dean of the College of Engineering. He was vice president for research from 1999 until December 2011, when he was named COO, a position he held until his retirement in December. Phillips also helped found the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Council for Economic Outreach economic development arm.
Phillips is married to Elizabeth "Betty" Capaldi Phillips, a former provost of UF and psychology professor who was provost at Arizona State University before returning to Gainesville this year to run UF Online, the state's first public online university.