1,000-acre campus site was chosen mid-way between downtown Jacksonville and the beaches. Land was acquired from the city and area landowners.
July 11 - Thomas G. Carpenter is chosen by the Board of Regents (BOR) to become the first president of UNF.
The newly-constructed Jacksonville Children's Museum opens its doors.
650 guests attend UNF groundbreaking including Florida Governor Reubin Askew, BOR Chancellor Robert Mautz, Commissioner of Education Floyd Christian and local Regent J.J. Daniel.
Hurricane Agnes causes $1.7 billion in damages.
University Hospital dedicates a new 500-bed teaching hospital.
UNF opens for the first semester. 2,027 students attend classes. UNF consists of only four major buildings and three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Business Administration.
The library opens with 100,000 catalogued volumes on its shelves.
Hans Tanzler is re-elected Jacksonville's Mayor.
Jacksonville celebrates its sesquicentennial.
The UNF Nature Trails open.
June 10 - First graduation, 35 students receive degrees.
3,169 students register for the Fall Term.
Independent Square, a 37-story building on West Bay and Main Street, opens.
River Queen, a 200-passenger paddle boat, makes her first run on the St. Johns River.
UNF's original Boathouse is destroyed by fire.
UNF Downtown Center opens for students.
Hospice Northeast opens its doors in Jacksonville.
Jake Goldbold is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.
Andrew Robinson becomes the interim president of UNF.
New library opens.
Florida's population is 9,743,920.
Jacksonville's population is 540,920.
The library is renamed as the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, dedicated on August 15.
UNF theater opens for first production.
July 1 - Curtis L. McCray becomes UNF's second president.
Florida Theater Performing Arts Center, a renovated, 1,978-seat facility, opens in Jacksonville.
Jake Goldbold is re-elected Mayor of Jacksonville.
First year that Freshmen are admitted to UNF.
Metropolitan Park, the first recreational site to be developed along the St. Johns River, opens in Jacksonville.
Osprey Village, first on-campus housing, opens.
Library's on-line catalog (LUIS) replaces card catalog.
Bob Martinez is elected Florida Governor.
The Aquatic Center and Olympic size pool opens.
The Jacksonville Landing, a festival marketplace on the St. Johns River, opens on the North Bank.
The First Coast is designated as a stop on the official World Golf Destination of the PGA Tour.
Tommy Hazouri is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.
John E. Mathews Jr. Computer and Information Sciences Building dedicated.
Monique French becomes the first four-year student to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Groundbreaking for Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center.
Adam W. Herbert becomes UNF's third president.
UNF is re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Osprey Hall, a $3.7 million, 250-bed residence hall, opens.
Founder's Hall dedicated.
College of Computer and Information Sciences established.
First doctoral degree program begins.
The population in Jacksonville is 635,230.
Lawton Chiles is elected Governor of Florida.
J.J. Daniel Hall dedicated.
Ed Austin is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.
College of Education Building named for Frederick H. Schultz.
Hurricane Andrew strikes Florida.
The groundbreaking for College of Health building.
UNF joins NCAA Division 11.
Golf Team wins second NAIA National Championship.
Women's Tennis Team wins NAIA National Championship.
The new College of Health building opens.
Dottie Dorion Fitness Center opens.
Inaugural season of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sheriff Nat Glover, a 1988 distinguished UNF graduate, is elected the first African American sheriff in recent Florida history.
John Delaney is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.
Aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy arrives in Mayport.
11,000 students enroll for Fall classes.
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