In 1984, I began my career in higher education with a deep-rooted love for learning and an unquenchable thirst for helping students achieve and realize their fullest potential.
It was here at the University of West Florida that my career in higher education leadership was launched. After earning tenure and promotion, I moved into the roles of program coordinator, director of the University Honors Program and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. These progressive opportunities led me to become the first woman president of two universities.
In 2013, I returned to UWF as Provost and Executive Vice President to build the next generation of educators in the same manner I was nurtured many years ago. In January 2017, I began the next stage of my journey as the sixth president of the University of West Florida. My goal to attract top-notch faculty and staff to the University remains the same.
The University of West Florida is fertile ground for growth and development. Here at UWF, faculty and staff are valued colleagues who are supported and encouraged to do and be your best.
I welcome you to experience what the University of West Florida and the Pensacola Bay area community have to offer. Whether early or mid-career – teacher, researcher or staff member – you’ll find the fertile ground here to make your mark.
Martha Dunagin Saunders, Ph.D.
Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institution of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000.
Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida lies the first settlement in the New World discovered by Don Tristan de Luna in 1559.
The city of Pensacola, known as the City of Five Flags, is the largest city in the Florida Panhandle and home to a rich and textured past, the birthplace of Naval Aviation, the United States Navy Aerial Acrobatics Flight Squadron, the Blue Angels, and historically significant pre-civil war forts.
Situated on the I-10 corridor, Pensacola sits 3 hours west of Tallahassee, FL and 3 hours east of New Orleans, LA.
With an average annual temperature of 76 degrees and 228 days of sunshine, life in Pensacola is unmatched. Home to 43 miles of undeveloped powdery quartz-white sand beaches and emerald green Gulf waters as far as the eye can see, and a culture of good old southern comfort foods and hospitality, Pensacola is a place where thousands live the way millions wish they could.
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UWF is fertile ground to propel your career in higher education. Are you ready to make your mark?
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