Marshall Criser served as president of the University of Florida from 1984 to 1989, and was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to be a founding member of the newly formed UF Board of Trustees in 2001. He served as chairman of that board until he stepped down in 2003 to become chairman of Scripps Florida Funding Corp., where he served until Dec. 21, 2006. During his legal career, Mr. Criser spent 31 years as an attorney in the Palm Beach law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, Criser & Stewart, before serving as president of UF. After his presidency at UF he practiced law in Jacksonville until he retired as a partner of the national firm McGuireWoods. He also has served as a trustee for the UF Law Center Association and as president of the Florida Bar. Currently, Mr. Criser chairs the Florida Council of 100 Higher Education Task Force.
T. O’Neal Douglas is the retired Chair and CEO of American Heritage Life Insurance Company and the holding company American Heritage Life Investment Corporation. He is a former trustee of the University of North Florida, a past Board member and past Chairman of Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Health System, a past Director of the Barnett Bank of Jacksonville and Nations Bank, N.A. He was also a former Chair of Florida Tax Watch, a former member of the Board of Visitors of Lenoir-Rhyne College, a past Board member and former Chair of the Jacksonville Health Education Programs, and former member of the Board of Directors of PSS World Medical. He is one of the founders of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at the University of North Florida.
John Delaney became the University of North Florida’s fifth president in 2003. Delaney’s presidency continues a distinguished career as a public servant. He was mayor of Jacksonville for two consecutive terms. As mayor, he convinced voters to approve The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement plan that gave the city new public facilities and other amenities. He also created the Preservation Project, a massive land conservation program giving Jacksonville the distinction of having the largest urban park system in the United States. For his efforts, Delaney received the 2003 President's Conservation Achievement Award from The Nature Conservancy. Prior to service as Jacksonville mayor, Delaney served as the city’s general counsel and chief of staff to former Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin.
The Honorable Fred Schultz was a prominent civic leader, philanthropist and investment banker who worked tirelessly to enhance public education. A Jacksonville native, he was educated at Princeton University and the University of Florida Law School. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1963 and served as Speaker in ’69 and ’70. He served as Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee on Education, a two year study of education in Florida. In 1977 he was appointed by President Carter to the Board of the National Institute of Education and in 1979 was appointed Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In 2002 he became Chairman of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. Mr. Schultz served as Chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Cummer Museum of Art, and was a founding sponsor of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and the Caring Community Conferences.
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