Presidential Search

The University of North Florida is searching for the next president to lead the institution. This website was developed to help potential candidates learn about UNF and help the campus community, as well as the Jacksonville community, be involved in the selection process.


Candidates for the position will be pleased to learn about UNF. The 1,380-acre campus is situated in a nature preserve just 12 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. UNF is located in Jacksonville, the largest city in terms of land area, in the continental United States.


UNF opened its doors to 2,027 juniors in the fall of 1972. The school was quick to expand and it was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1974. UNF eventually began admitting freshmen in 1984.


In 2002, a 13-member Board of Trustees began work to oversee UNF.


The university currently has an enrollment of 16,000 students and employs more than 500 full-time faculty and an additional 1,000 staff.


UNF is organized into six colleges: the Brooks College of Health, the Coggin College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, the College of Education and Human Services and the Hicks Honors College. UNF offers 55 undergraduate degree programs, 30 graduate degree programs and five doctoral degrees.


UNF has a strong reputation for small class sizes and individualized attention. Transformational Learning Opportunities are a hallmark of a UNF education. In fact, an estimated 77 percent of students take part in internships and other real world experiences in their fields before they graduate. In addition, UNF students take part in study abroad at twice the national average.


UNF is proud to have received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


The academic profile of incoming freshman has continued to rise over the last few years. In the fall of 2016, the incoming freshman class had an average high school GPA of 4.17, an average SAT of 1208 and an average ACT of 26.4.


Nearly 4,000 students live on campus.


The university is currently a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and its NCAA Division I athletic teams are known as the North Florida Ospreys.


UNF has nearly 200 clubs and organizations for students, as well as an active Student Government and Greek life.


The University of North Florida is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.