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Agenda Item FA 18-25

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Resolution – Recommendation of the Conferral of “Emeritus” Status on President Delaney

04/05/18: Passed

04/05/18: Adopted


 Resolution – Recommendation of the 
Conferral of “Emeritus” status on President Delaney

WHEREAS, the recommendation of conferral of emeritus status is entrusted to the faculty of
a university, and

WHEREAS, John A. Delaney became the fifth president of the University of North Florida (UNF) fifteen years ago in 2003, and

, during the Fall 2017 semester, UNF welcomed its most academically gifted freshman class to date with an average GPA of 4.27, and

WHEREAS, UNF tops the schools in the State University System when it comes to graduates being employed in Florida, and

WHEREAS, UNF now awards about 4,000 degrees annually and has increased opportunities for students offering 55 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees, and

WHEREAS, UNF has gained a national reputation for quality and value over the past several years. UNF has been named a Best College in the Southeast by The Princeton Review for nine consecutive years, a Best Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for the past seven years, and landed on other prestigious lists by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and others, and

WHEREAS, the ethnic/racial minority percentage among student body has increased from 18.2 percent in 2003 to 31.6 percent in 2017, and

WHEREAS, in 2003, the student-to-faculty ratio was 22:1 and it is currently 18:1, giving UNF students the advantage of individualized attention, and

WHEREAS, UNF now has the fifth highest graduation rate among public, urban regional universities in the nation, and

WHEREAS, private support to the University has increased significantly under Delaney’s leadership with more than $262 million being raised since 2003, including more than $130 million under the Power of Transformation campaign while the UNF endowment has more than doubled from $43.8 million in 2003 to $110 million, and

WHEREAS, President Delaney has made community engagement a hallmark of an education at UNF, which currently holds the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation and in the 2016-17 academic year, UNF students dedicated nearly 1 million hours to community-based experiences, and


WHEREAS, through a generous donation to the University, UNF’s honors program became the Hicks Honors College in 2015, empowering and providing unique opportunities for high-achieving students, and

WHEREAS, President Delaney has encouraged transformational learning opportunities for students including research with faculty, study abroad, and countless other life-changing experiences outside the classroom, and

WHEREAS, President Delaney led UNF through our transition to NCAA Division I athletics beginning in 2005, and along with the campus community applauded the athletic and academic success of our student-athletes, and

WHEREAS, since 2003, Delaney has secured $187 million in construction funding from the state and has overseen the biggest expansion of the campus in its history including an increase of about 2 million square feet in building space for new labs, classrooms, research facilities and recreational use, including award winning structures like the Student Wellness Complex and Biological Sciences Building, and

WHEREAS, 10 new and renovated university structures were awarded LEED status recognizing leadership in energy and environmental design, and

WHEREAS, when President Delaney retires from UNF, more than half of the UNF degrees granted since the University opened in 1972, will have been awarded during his tenure,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Faculty Association of the University of North Florida:
That the University of North Florida Faculty do hereby strongly recommend to the University’s Board of Trustees that they confer upon John A. Delaney the rank of Emeritus President of the University of North Florida in recognition of his fifteen years of distinguished leadership.

that this resolution be presented to President John A. Delaney as a token of the faculty’s appreciation for his long and distinguished service to our University.

For the University of North Florida Faculty Association

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         Radha Pyati, Professor                                                                    David Fenner, Professor
Faculty Association President (2016-2018)                         Faculty Association President (2018-2020)