Profile: R. Anthony Rolle
R. Anthony Rolle, PhD, is Dean of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education. An experienced leader with more than two decades of professional service to the field of education, Dr. Rolle has established a long-standing commitment to supporting student access for student academic success, faculty excellence in research and instruction, and increasing community engagement.
As Dean of the USF College of Education, Dr. Rolle is responsible for leading the college’s 2,200 students and 130 faculty members who are spread across USF’s three campuses. He also serves as a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, and Lifelong Learning.
A former professor and department chair at USF, Dr. Rolle returned to the College of Education after serving as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education & Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island for four years. Prior to his tenure at the University of Rhode Island, Rolle also held leadership positions at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rolle is a nationally recognized scholar with expertise in K-12 education finance and economic policy. He has developed models to measure effectiveness and efficiency in public school systems, managed national and internationally recognized research projects for government and nonprofit organizations, increased endowed student scholarships, enhanced community partnerships, and supported faculty excellence in research and teaching on an international scale.
Dr. Rolle’s past professional service includes serving as President of the National Education Finance Academy and as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Education Sciences. He serves on editorial and advisory boards for a number national education associations and is a research fellow for the National Education Policy Center’s Education and Public Interest Center and Education Policy Research Unit.