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President Moez Limayem named a 2023 Ultimate CEO

President Moez Limayem standing in front of a glass buildingUniversity of North Florida President Moez Limayem has been named an Ultimate CEO by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Limayem earned the recognition just as he concluded his first year as president of UNF.

“It is an honor to lead this outstanding University,” Limayem said. “This recognition reflects the great work of our entire team at UNF, including our dedicated Board of Trustees and our talented faculty and staff. Every day we are inspired by our amazing students, who are doing incredible work and already making their mark on our community.”

Limayem recognizes the critical role that UNF, the only public university in Jacksonville, plays in the economic prosperity of Northeast Florida, and he has taken swift action to position UNF for the future. He meets regularly with community and business leaders to understand their talent needs and how UNF can continue to innovate to effectively serve the region. In his first year at UNF, Limayem worked with the Florida Legislature to secure funding to strengthen UNF’s foundation and prepare for growth as well as fund two building renovation projects.

Under his direction, the University’s strategic plan has been renewed and includes a bold vision for the future — to grow UNF’s enrollment to 25,000 by 2028 and to rise in prominence in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to a Top 100 Public University. The new plan for 2023-28 was approved by the UNF Board of Trustees in June 2023 and will soon go before the Florida Board of Governors for final approval. 

Limayem is committed to a supportive environment where all students, faculty and staff can thrive. Committed to student success from enrollment to employment and beyond, Limayem has increased academic engagement and campus activities aimed at elevating the student experience and boosting retention. He continues to work with industry leaders to ensure the UNF is fulfilling critical talent needs, conducting relevant research and providing an environment for collaboration to strengthen the local economy. This includes jumping in to assist industries in maintaining an educated workforce through new badging and credentialing programs.

Limayem recently received the Sentinel Award from the National Academy of Inventors for his contributions to innovation. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, he was named to the Power 100: Tampa Bay’s Most Influential Business Leaders of 2022 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal recognizing his impact on that region when he served as the Lynn Pippenger Dean of the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.