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Letter from UNF Foundation

Dear Friends and Supporters of UNF,Charles Commander


It's hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the University of North Florida opened a campus in a remote wooded area off St. Johns Bluff Road. When it opened, there were many who were skeptical that the ninth state university could grow and prosper as quickly as it has done in just a quarter of a century.

But like a child learning to walk, the community has helped the University through ups and downs as it has grown and matured. Today, the University is a vibrant force in the economic, cultural and civic life of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.


Much of the success UNF has enjoyed is the result of a dedicated group of faculty and staff led by outstanding presidents who have strengthened the ties between the University and the community. In return, the community has responded by supporting UNF and helping to enhance the University's excellent academic programs.

On behalf of the University of North Florida Foundation, I want to thank the community for its support and ask that you continue this partnership as we tackle the exciting challenges of the next 25 years.

It is only through this type of community support that the University of North Florida can continue to grow and serve our region with quality undergraduate and graduate education so crucial to the future growth and success of our entire community.

Charles E. Commander III
University of North Florida Foundation, Inc.