Portrait of Mr LemonR. E. LeMon, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Academic and Student Affairs
Florida Board of Governors
State University System

Dr. R. E. LeMon is Associate Vice Chancellor for the Florida Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida.  His current areas of focus are working to enhance the State University System’s global research, economic development, and commercialization capabilities; and advocating and providing oversight for its medical education programs.

Dr. LeMon received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Western Michigan University in 1970, and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1972 where he was a Mirrielees Writing Fellow in Poetry.  Following a year teaching preschool non-native speakers of English in California, he spent six years on the faculty of the University of New Orleans, followed by faculty positions at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan, and Suzhou University in the People’s Republic of China.

While earning his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1989, he began working with the Florida Board of Regents (now the Florida Board of Governors), Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and in his multi-decade career there has served in positions ranging from Coordinator to Interim Chancellor.  He has worked in virtually every area of higher education academic planning and evaluation at the system-level, including working to achieve national recognition for Florida’s universities, enhancing international education, working with the Boards’ performance and accountability initiatives, recommending new professional and doctoral degrees (including three new medical schools), establishing programmatic review policies and procedures, establishing non-academic accountability measures for higher education, ensuring the maintenance of Florida’s two-plus-two transfer system, positioning the State University System of Florida’s research capabilities to create engines for economic development, and serving as the Board’s liaison to the State University System Professional Science Master’s Initiative.

Dr. LeMon has served or currently serves on a number of boards, task forces, and workgroups, including the Governor’s Action Team on Alternate Energy and Climate Change Government Policy Technical Working Group, and the Florida Department of Health’s Physician’s Workforce Strategic Planning Workgroup.  At the national level, he served on one of the working groups to initiate the Voluntary System of Accountability, served on the Planning Accreditation Board, as served as a site observer for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.