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Press Release for Tuesday, September 25, 2007

UNF Honors Community Leaders at 35TH Anniversary Luncheon

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida President John A. Delaney will honor four community leaders with a Presidential Medallion during UNF’s 35th Anniversary Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the University Center on campus.

The 35th Anniversary Luncheon is part of Founders Month, commemorating 35 years since the University first opened its doors to students on Oct. 2, 1972. The Presidential Medallion is given to community leaders who have helped guide UNF during its 35 years.

This year’s honorees include Tom Carpenter, Jim Citrano, Jack Diamond and Adam Herbert. Each individual will receive the Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service, which is the highest form of nonacademic recognition awarded by the University. The Medallion is given annually to recognize both alumni and friends who have given their time and talents to help make UNF an outstanding institution of higher education.

Tom Carpenter was named the first president of UNF when the campus was nothing more than a vision. Because of his remarkable dedication and hard work when he left in 1980, the University enrolled more than 5,000 students and the campus consisted of a dozen major buildings. To mark Carpenter’s significant and lasting contributions to UNF, the library was named in his honor. He left behind a legacy of community connections and succeeded in fundraising at a time when the University had few alumni.

As chairman of the Downtown Development Authority and president of the UNF Foundation, Jim Citrano’s keen insight led to developments enjoyed today by residents and students alike. As president of the UNF Foundation in 1987, he was instrumental in the development of University housing and the Harmon Baseball Stadium. Citrano also helped in the development of a new investment policy for Foundation assets and was influential in the establishment of the First Coast Technology Park adjacent to the UNF campus.

Jack Diamond designed many of the most prominent buildings forming Jacksonville’s skyline as well as several major projects at UNF, including the Carpenter Library addition and Fine Arts Center. He has always been available to help the University whenever asked, whether by assisting with changes to the campus master plan or contributing pro bono design work for the Hayt Golf Learning Center. Additionally, Diamond has also contributed his time and talent to the UNF Foundation Board.

As president of UNF from 1989 to 1998, Dr. Adam Herbert built more buildings on campus than any of his predecessors. When he became president, the University enrolled 7,000 students of which 450 lived on campus. The budget was $54 million and the campus consisted of 600,000 square feet of buildings. When Herbert left nine years later, UNF enrolled almost 12,000 students of which nearly 1,600 were housed on campus. The budget was more than $100 million with nearly two million square feet of buildings. Some of those buildings included the UNF Arena, the Brooks College of Health and the University Center.

Last year’s honorees included James Cobb, W. Radford Lovett II, Robert and Pamela Paul and Carol Thompson. Patrick Cusick and Dr. Thaddeus Moseley were also recognized posthumously.

The first Medallion recipients were recognized by the University in September of 2005. They include Ann and David Hicks, Fred Schultz, the Skinner family—C. Brightman Skinner, A. Chester Skinner Jr. and Mary Virginia Skinner Jones—and the late Gert H.W. Schmidt.

Please contact Joanna Norris, assistant director of Media Relations and Events, to reserve media parking for the awards luncheon.