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UNF Timeline 1980-1989



  • Andrew Robinson becomes the interim president of UNF.
  • New library opens.
  • Governor Graham vetoes the UNF-UF merger bill.
View of the Library in 1980


  • The library is renamed as the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, dedicated on August 15.
  • UNF theater opens for first production.
Auditorium a the lake view


  • 5,500 students are enrolled in UNF.
  • July 1, 1982 - Curtis L. McCray becomes UNF's second president.
Curtis McCray headshot


  • Intercollegiate athletic program begins.



  • First year that Freshmen are admitted to UNF.
Group picture of the first Freshmen class


  • Osprey Village, first on-campus housing, opens.




  • Women's Tennis Team wins the NAIA National Championship.
  • Library's on-line catalog (LUIS) replaces card catalog.


  • The Aquatic Center and Olympic size pool opens.


Aquatic Center opening


  • 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.


  • 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.
Adam W. Herbert headshot