Dr. E. Travis York, chancellor emeritus of the State University System of Florida, served as chancellor of the University of Florida System from 1975 to 1980. He began his academic career as an associate professor in agronomy at NC State, where he rose to the position of professor and head of the department. During his career, he held numerous positions at the University of Florida, including provost for agriculture and vice president for agricultural affairs. He is now Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida.
York answered the call to national service at the requests of U.S. Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Carter and Reagan, serving two terms on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development and leading multiple presidential missions on agricultural development to a variety of countries. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.