Dr. Minor Chamblin

What was your favorite year at UNF and why? 


What the best thing (or things) about working at UNF? 

The many remarkable people I have had the privilege to know and work with over the years.

What people do you remember the most during your years, and why are they so memorable? 

My departmental colleagues who have been wonderfully, even challengingly varied, but all of whom have enriched my life in many ways.

What have you done during your time at UNF that you are proudest of? 

Knowing that I have had a positive influence on the lives of a number of students.

Biggest changes in your personal life while you have been working at UNF?

Marrying my current wife, who is a UNF graduate.

What have you learned from students over your years at UNF? 

Admiration for those students who persevere, often in the face of great challenge, to continue to learn and complete their education.

What were you doing just prior to coming to UNF? 

In graduate school completing my Ph.D.

How have students changed over the last 35 years? 

They are younger both in chronological age as well as in comparison to my age as I have grown older.

How has college education changed over the last 35 years? 

A greater number and diversity of students now pursue a college education. Also, the increasing interest in obtaining a credential as opposed to obtaining an education.

How would describe the physical growth on campus over the last 35 years? 

Never ending.

What special relationships have you formed with students as a result of your tenure here?

I married one.

What are the biggest challenges on campus today compared to the biggest challenges on opening day, Oct. 2, 1972? 

The ever-increasing spirit of accountability with its associated bureaucracy threatens to overwhelm the University’s progress.

How has UNF impacted Jacksonville over the years, and how has Jacksonville impacted UNF? 

Jacksonville has only recently begun to realize the resource which UNF can be.

How did you find out about the opening at UNF? 

Job opening announcement.

What made you decide to come to UNF?

The institution and its offer were the most attractive of those available to me at the time.

What do you remember about the first day of classes?

Most of the students were similar in age to me.

What kept you at UNF for so many years?

I’ve enjoyed it.  The frustrations were more than offset by the rewards (not financial).

What are the biggest changes you’ve witnessed at UNF?

All facets of its on-going growth.