Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The First 25 Years the University of North Florida Has Grown from a Commuter College with 2,000 Students to a Tradi- Tional 4-Year University with 11,000 Students from 100 Countries

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The First 25 Years the University of North Florida Has Grown from a Commuter College with 2,000 Students to a Tradi- Tional 4-Year University with 11,000 Students from 100 Countries

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA TIMELINE

1965: Legislature authorizes construction of a university

in Duval County. The state's ninth public university is to

serve only juniors, seniors and graduate students.

1969: 1,000-acre campus site is selected midway between

downtown Jacksonville and the Beaches. Thomas Carpenter, a

vice president at the University of West Florida, is chosen

as first president.

1971: Ground-breaking ceremony attracts 650, including Gov.

Reubin Askew.

1972: First semester begins with about 2,000 students, most

part time. The average age of students is 32; average age of

faculty is 30. The campus consists of four major buildings

housing three colleges -- Arts and Sciences, Education and

Business Administration.

1973: First graduating class is 35. Construction continues

and a dozen buildings, from administration to maintenance shops,

are completed over the next few years.

1974: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools grants

full academic accreditation.

1976: Alumni Association established.

1978: Classes begin at UNF Downtown Center. The center

closes in 1987 after enrollment drops.

1980: Andrew Robinson, dean of the College of Education,

becomes interim president. Gov. Bob Graham vetoes proposed

merger with the University of Florida.

1982: Curtis McCray, provost of a two-year university near

Chicago, becomes second president. Student enrollment hits

5,500.

1983: Intercollegiate athletics begins with membership in

the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Board of

Regents approves adding freshman and sophomore classes.

1984: First freshman class of 382 students is admitted.

1985-1988: Construction continues and includes the opening

of the first on-campus housing and an aquatics center. …

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