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Flagship Programs

Flagship Program Overview

In order to strengthen the core competencies of the University and thus to further the university's aspiration to become a regional institution of national quality, the President and Provost previously invited individual faculty members, faculty teams, and directors to submit academic Flagship Program proposals for select undergraduate or graduate programs.

UNF President announced the Flagship initiative in 2004, and the university has established six such programs: Coastal Biology, Nursing, Music, Nutrition and Dietetics, Transportation and Logistics, and International Business program.

Programs are selected for Flagship status in general because of their excellence in the scholarly accomplishments of their faculty and the demonstrable potential of those faculty to sustain a trajectory toward scholarly distinction; their potential to produce particularly compelling or exceptional educational outcomes for students; and their power to link the quality of education at UNF to a range of civic needs in the region. For this reason, Flagship Programs are selected to receive significant budgetary support for a period of five years (with the possibility of further, albeit reduced, support), during which time they are ideally expected to become self-sustaining or to have generated external funding support.

History of Flagship Program

In developing these programs faculty and administration evaluated existing and potential resources and ensured strong academic leadership in each program, as well as hired faculty and staff who were able to nurture these programs. Flagship programs were identified as candidates with recognized potential involving areas where UNF would have a competitive advantage. The selection process included the input from key stakeholders, inside and outside the University. Flagship program are established with an exceptional faculty both new hires and through faculty development; with significant financial support including funds raised through endowments and funds to support related auxiliary programs and facilities; and through the recruitment of top-quality students to the program, including, when appropriate, international students; and leverage strengths by developing partnerships inside and outside the University.

Flagship Contact Information


Established June 2011
Director: Dr. Clarence Hines
Phone: (904) 620-3845

Nutrition and Dietetics

Established June 2011
Director: Jennifer Ross
Phone: (904) 620-2328

Coastal Biology

Established:  October 2006
Director:  Dr. Jim Gelsleichter
(904) 620-1575

International Business

Established: May 2006
Director:  Dr. Andres Gallo
(904) 620-1694


Established: July 2005
Director:  Dr. Cynthia Cummings
(904) 620-1626

Transportation and Logistics

Established: May 2006
Director: Dr. Dawn Russell
(904) 620-1298