The Honorable Frederick H. Schultz, state House representative and speaker, sponsors companion bills in the Florida House of Representatives to those introduced by former State Senator John E. Mathews, Jr., which creates the University of North Florida (UNF) and Florida Community College at Jacksonville (now Florida State College at Jacksonville).



Schultz provides UNF with its first fully funded $1 million Eminent Scholar Chair named for Dr. Andrew A. Robinson . "All my life I've been a great believer in public service, and I believe education is the most important form of public service," says Schultz at the announcement of the chair's naming (cited from "UNF Soundings" Alumni Magazine, Fall 1987).


Over the next 12 years, proceeds from the Robinson Endowment are used to bring several nationally renowned educational leaders and lecture series to the UNF College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), as well as the supporting the Neighborhood Learning Networks project.



Schultz and Larry Daniel, Dean of COEHS, begin conversations about urban education and convene the “Robinson group” to discuss the use of the Robinson Endowment funds. Fred Schultz passes away on November 23, 2009.


COEHS is continually asked to take a leadership role in the urban education arena—nationally, regionally and locally; to serve as “dot connector” for a growing array of regional initiatives; and to provide research to inform the decision-making of educators and philanthropists. To address these issues, and in line with Schultz’s values and vision, the Center for Urban Education and Policy was initiated through the Robinson Eminent Scholar Endowment Fund at UNF.



The Center for Urban Education and Policy is officially established . A Community Forum is held to announce the Center and to gather input on the role the Center could play in the community (see summary here). Dr. Mary Lai Rose is hired as the Director of Urban Initiatives. An Internal Advisory Board and External Advisory Board are convened.



The COEHS Dean's Education Advisory Council completes their strategic plan which includes supporting the CUEP as a core strategy. The Internal and External Boards meet jointly and decide to proceed as one Advisory Group. Recruitment begins for the CUEP Strategic Planning Team with the first meeting scheduled in May.


2014 The CUEP strategic plan is completed in January. The 2nd Community Forum is held at Jean Ribault High School in May to update the community on the Center's progress.
2017 CUEP re-opens with   as Director.