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Vincent A. Anfara Jr., professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and past president of the UT Faculty Senate, died Monday after a brief illness.

“Dr. Anfara was well respected in his academic field and for his contributions as a leader among our faculty,” said Provost Susan Martin. “I appreciated working with him on matters important to the faculty and the university.”

Anfara served as department head for the past five years. He also served as president of the UT Faculty Senate for the 2011-12 academic year.

Prior to becoming a professor, he worked for twenty-three years in both middle and high schools in Louisiana and New Mexico. His research interests focused on middle school reform, school improvement planning, leadership in middle schools, and issues related to student achievement.

“We in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Vince Anfara,” said CEHHS Dean Bob Rider. “Vince will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues and even more so by his current and former students, whom he mentored with resolute commitment and dedication. I’m honored to have known Vince and privileged to have been his friend.”