Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PAUL S. TIPTON: 1939-2008; Former JU President's Tenure Oversaw Significant Changes Community Service for Students, Beautification Program Were Part of Legacy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PAUL S. TIPTON: 1939-2008; Former JU President's Tenure Oversaw Significant Changes Community Service for Students, Beautification Program Were Part of Legacy

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Byline: DANA TREEN and ADAM AASEN

A former Jacksonville University president has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Rev. Paul S. Tipton, who led the private school from 1996 until 2000, died Sunday in Washington, D.C. He was 69.

Rev. Tipton was JU's seventh president. Prior to taking the leadership role at the school, he was head of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Washington.

"We are deeply saddened by Paul's passing," said JU President Kerry Romesburg. "I know he was such an integral part of this university's growth and touched the lives of so many within the JU community."

In an interview with JU Magazine a few days before his departure, Tipton said he had accomplished what the board had asked him to do, according to a release from the university.

"I came here because Jacksonville University needed some things to happen fast, aggressively, and I knew that I could do that," Tipton said. "I believe the University is substantially different today than it was in January of 1996. By substantially different, I am saying that it has a conception of itself now that it did not have then. Which is that it is a strongly committed, liberal arts undergraduate institution."

As he left JU, Tipton said he hoped people would remember him in very simple terms. "I'm a guy who came and used his talents in the best way he knew how to effect significant change in the University," he said. "And, once he had done everything he felt he could do successfully, and recognized it was time to move on, he moved on. …

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