Press Release for Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Delaney Selected by UNF Board of Trustees

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ews JACKSONVILLE -- The University of North Florida Board of Trustees decided today to select Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney to become the next president of UNF.

Board Chair Carol Thompson was authorized by the trustees to enter into negotiations with Delaney, who is ending his second four-year term as mayor of Jacksonville on June 30. The selection must be submitted to the Florida Board of Governors for ratification.

“We are excited about our selection of Mayor Delaney to be the next president of the University of North Florida. His proven track record of leadership will be a valuable asset to the University as we continue our commitment to provide excellent graduate and undergraduate education for our region,” Thompson said.

“I want to express my thanks to the students, faculty, staff and the Jacksonville community for their participation in this process and the valuable insight they offered on each of the candidates. I also want to thank the search committee and my fellow board members for conducting a fair and open search that produced thoughtful discussions about the future role of UNF and Jacksonville. I am convinced that this process has made us a stronger board,” she said.

“Finally, I want to express my gratitude to David Kline for his very capable leadership as interim president. His experience and skills have been and will continue to be important in the transition to a new president.”

ews Delaney said he was both “delighted and honored” to be selected as the University of North Florida’s new president. “UNF is truly one of our city's greatest assets. I look forward to the exciting challenge and to working together with the board, staff, faculty, the community, and our Legislature and Governor to bring UNF to an even greater level," he said.

ews A graduate of the University of Florida, Delaney started his career at the State Attorney’s Office shortly after getting his law degree in 1981. He was chief assistant state attorney from 1986 to 1991 before being named general counsel for the city of Jacksonville in 1991. He was chief of staff under Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin from 1992 to 1994 and was elected to his first term as mayor in 1995. He was re-elected without opposition to his second term in the spring of 1999. Under Florida term limits, he was not permitted to run for a third term.
Delaney becomes the fifth permanent president at UNF since it opened its doors in 1972. He will succeed interim president Dr. A. David Kline, who took over reins of the University when Dr. Anne Hopkins resigned last summer for health reasons.

Kline, who had been provost and vice president at UNF before being named interim president, announced that he plans to assist the new president during a transition period.
Other permanent presidents at UNF have included founding president Dr. Thomas Carpenter (1969-1980); Dr. Curtis McCray (1982-1988) and Dr. Adam Herbert (1989-1998).
ews The other finalist for the position was Dr. Gary S. Krahenbuhl, senior vice president and deputy provost at Arizona State University in Tempe.