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Timelines of History

Marking the First 25 years of The University of North Florida




Carpenter1,000-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.

MuseumThe newly-constructed Jacksonville Children's Museum opens its doors.




UNF moves its offices to the Florida State Chamber of Commerce building on Arlington Expressway. Reubin Askew elected as Florida Governor.



Ground Breaking650 guests attend UNF groundbreaking including Florida Governor Reubin Askew, BOR Chancellor Robert Mautz, Commissioner of Education Floyd Christian and local Regent J.J. Daniel.

UNF lotWalt Disney World opens in Orlando.



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. Aerial View


The library opens with 100,000 catalogued volumes on its shelves.

Hans Tanzler is re-elected Jacksonville's Mayor.

Jacksonville celebrates its sesquicentennial. Hans Tanzler



BridgeThe UNF Nature Trails open.








CrowdJune 10 - First graduation, 35 students receive degrees.

3,169 students register for the Fall Term.


One of the world's finest collections of Oriental porcelain, the Koger Porcelain Collections, opens at the Jacksonville Art Museum.


Southern Association of Colleges & Schools grants full academic accreditation to UNF.

IND LifeIndependent Square, a 37-story building on West Bay and Main Street, opens.



  First JSO Oceanside Pops Benefit Concert at the Jacksonville Beach Flag Pavilion, more than 1,200 people attend.



UNF Alumni Association established. Hubbard House, a shelter for battered women and children, opens its doors.

River Queen, a 200-passenger paddle boat, makes her first run on the St. Johns River.


  The Jacksonville Children's Museum becomes the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences




BoathouseUNF's original Boathouse is destroyed by fire.






UNF Downtown Center opens for students. Old Downtown

Bob Graham is elected as Florida's Governor.



Jake GoldboldHospice Northeast opens its doors in Jacksonville.


Jake Goldbold is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.




Andrew Robinson headshotAndrew Robinson becomes the interim president of UNF.












 New library BuildingNew library opens.



The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament begins.


Florida's population is 9,743,920.


Jacksonville's population is 540,920.



AuditoriumThe library is renamed as the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, dedicated on August 15.


UNF theater opens for first production.



Curtis McCray5,500 students are enrolled in UNF.


July 1 - Curtis L. McCray becomes UNF's second president.





Intercollegiate athletic program begins.

Florida Theater Performing Arts Center, a renovated, 1,978-seat facility, opens in Jacksonville. Florida Theater


Jake Goldbold is re-elected Mayor of Jacksonville.




GradsFirst year that Freshmen are admitted to UNF.

Metro ParkMetropolitan Park, the first recreational site to be developed along the St. Johns River, opens in Jacksonville.




DormsOsprey Village, first on-campus housing, opens.




Women's Tennis Team wins the NAIA National Championship.

Library's on-line catalog (LUIS) replaces card catalog.

Tampa Skyway Bridge opens.

Bob Martinez is elected Florida Governor.



The Aquatic Center and Olympic size pool opens. Aquatic Center and Pool

The new Florida State Lottery game is approved.

Jax Landing Crowd  

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.



The College of Health is established.


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.

The Toll Referendum removes tolls in Jacksonville.



Adam HerbertAdam 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.




Rich Matteson, professor of music, is inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame.


First doctoral degree program begins.

The population in Florida is 12,937,926.


The population in Jacksonville is 635,230.


Lawton Chiles is elected Governor of Florida.


Golf Team wins NAIA National Championship.


J.J. Daniel Hall dedicated.

Ed Austin is elected Mayor of Jacksonville. Ed Austin


9,268 students are enrolled during the Fall Term.


College of Education Building named for Frederick H. Schultz.

Hurricane Andrew strikes Florida. Hurricane from Space


The UNF Arena opens.

The groundbreaking for College of Health building.

UNF joins NCAA Division 11.

Golf Team wins second NAIA National Championship.



Osprey Landing, housing 150 students, opens in the Fall.

Women's Tennis Team wins NAIA National Championship.

Jacksonville wins NFL franchise - the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Health BuildingMore than 10,000 students enroll during Fall registration.


The new College of Health building opens.


Dottie Dorion Fitness Center opens.

Jags first seasonInaugural season of the Jacksonville Jaguars.








Nat Glover on election nightSheriff Nat Glover, a 1988 distinguished UNF graduate, is elected the first African American sheriff in recent Florida history.



John Delaney being sworn in as mayorJohn Delaney is elected Mayor of Jacksonville.






Aircraft carrier John F. KennedyAircraft carrier John F. Kennedy arrives in Mayport.



New College of Business Administration building opens.

11,000 students enroll for Fall classes.

Jacksonville celebrates Millionmania. More than one million people now live in the Jacksonville metropolitan area.


UNF celebrates its 25th anniversary.