Past Presidents

Bernie Machen


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.

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Charles E. Young


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.

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John Lombardi


Historian, teacher, administrator, and author, Dr. John Lombardi became the ninth president of the University of Florida in March of 1990.

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Robert Bryan

Interim President, 1989-1990

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.

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Marshall Criser


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.

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Robert Q. Marston


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.

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E.T. York

Interim President, 1973-1974

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.

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Stephen C. O’Connell


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.

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J. Wayne Reitz


On March 22, 1955, Reitz became the first UF faculty member to be named president and the University's fifth president overall.

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John Allen

Interim President, 1953-1955

John Allen, a UF vice president, took over as interim president after President J. Hillis Miller died in office.

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J. Hillis Miller


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.

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Harold Hume

Interim President, 1947-1948

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.

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John J. Tigert


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.

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James Farr

Interim President, 1927-1928

After President Murphree died in office in 1927, James Farr served as UF's interim president.

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Albert Murphree


Enrollment grew from 106 in 1909 to 2,200 by 1927 under the leadership of the University of Florida's second president, Albert A. Murphree.

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Andrew Sledd


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.

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