Frederick H. Schultz Hall
This building, housing the College of Education and Human Services, was named in honor of Jacksonville businessman, civic leader, and education advocate Frederick H. Schultz. His gift to the University in 1987 established a $1 million endowed chair named after UNF Interim President Andrew A. Robinson. He also founded the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership.
Schultz's distinguished public service career included a long tenure in the Florida House of Representatives from 1963-1970, where he was instrumental in drafting the legislation establishing Florida Junior (now Community) College at Jacksonville and UNF. In 1979, he was appointed to the Board of the Federal Reserve System, where he served as Vice Chairman until 1982.
At the 1992 dedication of Schultz Hall, distinguished speakers and guests included Governor Lawton Chiles, Jacksonville Mayor Edward Austin, SUS Chancellor Charles Reed, and Duval County Superintendent of Schools Larry Zenke. Governor Chiles, in his remarks, reflected on Schultz's major role in education policy, "Education and Fred Schultz's name are synonymous in Florida." Superintendent Zenke described Schultz "as a man ahead of his time" and credited him with establishing an alliance between the three public institutions in the local educational community: UNF, FCCJ, and Duval County schools.
The Sixth Annual Frederick H. Schultz Lecture on Economic Development and Educational Policy was also held at UNF in the evening of May 22, 1992. United States Senator Bob Graham delivered the main address before a capacity audience.
In addition to the Schultz Hall naming, other UNF awards honoring Schultz's achievements are numerous: Honorary Doctor of Letters on May 6, 1989; Honorary Alumni Award in 1998; and recipient of the 2003 Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leaders Award. In 2005, he was awarded a UNF Presidential Medallion.
Beginning in1995, UNF was the recipient of funding for Irish Studies from the Schultz Foundation in the memory of John Francis Reilly, the Irish-born father of Nancy Reilly Schultz. The Foundation generously supported Irish Studies at UNF, and underwrote both the John Francis Reilly performance and lecture series and the Reilly Fellowship program. The Reilly series presented numerous public events, free to the public, since its inception.
In 2009, the Schultz Family Foundation gave a generous gift of $250,000 to name the Lobby of the new College of Education and Human Services Building in honor of Mr. Schultz. This gift will support educator preparation initiatives.
Mr. Schultz died on November 23, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Article on his contributions and life achievements.)
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