Press Release for Friday, February 20, 2004

UNF Inaugurates President Delaney

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JACKSONVILLE – The University of North Florida will inaugurate John A. Delaney as its fifth permanent president at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Lazzara Performance Hall in the University’s Fine Arts Center.

Since taking office as president in July, Delaney has worked with the UNF Board of Trustees, students, faculty, alumni and community leaders to develop a vision for the future of the University. It is tradition for a new president to outline a vision in an inauguration ceremony six to nine months after taking office.

The inauguration theme Taking Flight reflects Delaney’s commitment to taking the quality of the University’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs to new heights. To outline his plan, Delaney will turn to the four guiding principles of UNF’s Board of Trustees: a commitment to excellence; a commitment to focus; a commitment to relevance; and a commitment to accountability.

“We at UNF must seek out our identity and unique potential and build on these,” Delaney said. “We are a distinct and amazing institution that must celebrate our individuality, seeking our own destiny.”

Delaney became president of UNF after serving eight years as mayor of Jacksonville. He started his career at the State Attorney's Office in 1981. He was named general counsel for the city of Jacksonville in 1991 and was chief of staff under Mayor Ed Austin from 1992 to 1994. He was elected mayor in 1995 and re-elected in 1999. John and Gena Delaney have four children.

Inauguration events will conclude Monday, Feb. 23, with the dedication of the Science and Engineering Building at 10 a.m. and a Distinguished Voices Lecture with Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria at the University Center at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free; tickets are available at the Box Office at 620-2878.

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