In 11 years as president of the University of Florida, Bernie Machen grew and enhanced every aspect of the university while putting it on a path to rise among the best public universities in the nation.
On November 1, 1999 internationally recognized leader of higher education, Dr. Charles Young formally accepted the exciting opportunity to take the University of Florida into the 21st century. Chancellor emeritus of the University of California at Los Angeles, Dr. Young changed a regional college with an operating budget of $170 million into a world-class institution with expenses of $2 billion.
Dr. Robert A. Bryan was appointed interim president of the University of Florida following the resignation of Marshall Criser. Bryan's appointment followed an impressive teaching and administrative career, primarily at the University of Florida.
In 1984, a man who worked his way through school as a cafeteria cashier and construction laborer became the University of Florida's eighth president at a time when UF was thriving, active and expanding.
With the state of Florida mired in a recession and the school facing budget cuts, the University of Florida's seventh president, Robert Q. Marston, opened a new era of private fund-raising while working to improve the university's academic standing.
A former university system chancellor, E.T. York held down the presidency from when Stephen O'Connell left office, until Robert Marston took office in 1974.
The $15.6 million, 12,000-seat activity center may look imposing and indestructible, but it's not as noteworthy as the man for whom it's named, University of Florida's sixth president, Stephen C. O'Connell.
J. Hillis Miller, fourth president of the University of Florida, was born August 29, 1899 in Front Royal, Virginia. After attending Randolph-Macon Academy, Miller received his A.B from the University of Richmond in 1924.
Known as one of the South's outstanding leaders in horticulture, Dr. H. Harold Hume spent more than 20 years serving the University of Florida and its College of Agriculture.
In 1928, Tigert accepted the presidency of the University of Florida and arrived on campus in September of that year. His administration began in the midst of an economic crisis that had brought a serious decline in state revenues.
Andrew Sledd, who actually drove one of the buggies hauling school supplies to UF's new campus in Gainesville, was the first and youngest president of the University of Florida.