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UNF Timeline 2000-2009



  • UNF sets record of more than 1,000 students graduating during spring commencement ceremonies.
  • AOL and ADT announce plans to build in UNF's First Coast Technology Park.
  • UNF launches $65 million capital campaign, largest philanthropic drive in Jacksonville history.
Access to Excellence and Osprey Fountain


  • $22 million Fine Arts Center opens for Fall Semester
  • Board of Regents approves revision of UNF Master Plan.
  • Gov. Jeb. Bush appoints members of UNF's first board of trustees.


  • 13-member Board of Trustees begins work to oversee the University.
  • UNF observes 30th anniversary.
  • Fine Arts Center begins its inaugural season in the Lazzara Performance Hall.
  • Hayt Golf Learning Center opens.
  • Luther and Blanche Coggin donate $5 million to College of Business Administration.

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu arrives on campus to teach for one semester.
  • Lady Ospreys basketball team captures South Atlantic Region championship, giving them a spot in the Elite Eight.
  • John Delaney selected as fifth president of UNF.
  • Access to Excellence capital campaign ends, raising more than $100 million


  • Science & Engineering Building opens.
  • John Delaney inaugurated as University's fifth president.