After President Murphree died in office in 1927, James Farr served as UF’s interim president.
Farr was appointed the head of English instruction at the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City in 1901 and later served as head of the Department of English at the University of Florida. He became the university’s first vice president in 1905.
Farr resigned from the faculty in 1934 and was placed on special status. As part of his duties, he was requested to write several pieces, including a history of the Florida Agricultural College and the University of Florida from 1901-1918.