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Tony G. Waldrop: From Track Star to Researcher to UCF Provost

Posted on: Jul 29, 2010 @ 12:30:24 pm

A library exhibit, located on the 5th floor near Special Collections & Archives, introduces Dr. Tony Waldrop. Dr. Waldrop became provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida on July 30, 2010. Dr. Waldrop serves as the second-highest ranking officer of the university and provides academic leadership for the university’s 12 colleges, multiple campuses and research centers and institutes. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(UNC).

His research interests are hypertension, developmental neurobiology and the effects of hypoxia (low oxygen) on brainstem neurons, and he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

As an athlete at UNC, he earned All-America honors in track and cross country and set a world record in the indoor mile with a time of 3:55.0 in 1974. He also was named Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year and one of the NCAA’s five best student-athletes, in addition to being awarded the Patterson Medal, UNC’s highest athletic award.

An eclectic reader, Dr. Waldrop also shares a list of his favorite books.

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