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Elizabeth A. Dooley has been appointed the dean for the new College of Undergraduate Studies.

As dean, she will be responsible for enhancing and strengthening undergraduate education across the university, according to a news release.

Formerly known as the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the new college will provide a modern focus on the innovation and excellence of undergraduate education.

Students a part of the college can expect to begin earning degrees from the college, instead of an office, by December 2015.

Dooley will also serve as the vice provost for Teaching and Learning at UCF, where she will be responsible for facilitating a learning environment that will promote the university's academic ventures.

"The undergraduate academic experience is fundamental in creating life-long learners," Dooley said in the release. "I'm excited for this new opportunity and plan on growing the unit by taking advantage of all the incredible assets at UCF."

Prior to her position at UCF, Dooley was the associate provost at West Virginia University, where she founded the University College.

"Dr. Dooley's energy and vision for student success makes her an outstanding addition to our Knights family," A. Dale Whittaker, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at UCF, said in the release.

Dooley is set to begin her position at UCF in fall.

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Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaeH@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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