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Schultz left lasting legacy at UNF


The late Frederick H. Schultz was instrumental in the creation of the University of North Florida and he will remain a part of the institution forever. Schultz, who died Nov. 23, 2009 at age 80, left a legacy at UNF that can never be duplicated.


As Speaker of the House in the Florida Legislature, Fred Schultz sponsored the legislation that created UNF. Frederick H. Schultz Hall, or Building 9, the former home of the College of Education and Human Services, is named after him, as is the first-floor lobby of Building 57, the new Education and Human Services Building.


"Fred was a remarkable human being and a compassionate community servant," said UNF President John A. Delaney. "He was passionate about education and his accomplishments can be seen on our campus, in the region and across the state."


Schultz funded UNF’s Andrew A. Robinson Eminent Scholar Chair in Educational Policy and Economic Development, and over the years he and the Schultz Foundation Inc. provided more than $1 million in financial support for scholarships, University programs, projects and building construction.


Schultz played a prominent role in the development of the Florida Institute of Education on UNF’s campus. He created the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, which provides advanced training for teachers and principals from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns County public schools. His efforts to improve education date back to the 1970s when he served as chairman of the Citizen’s Committee on Education, chairman of the Florida Council on Education and as a member of the National Council on Educational Research. In the 1980s he served as chairman of the Florida Institute of Education.


“I count Fred Schultz as a true personal friend,” said Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “We in the College of Education and Human Services will remember him as an advocate for the teaching profession and for his unflinching commitment to the educational achievement of all children. Fred was also committed to the value of intellectual capital and the good will of people working together. He had an uncanny gift for getting things done by structuring meetings of the right people with the best ideas at the right time.” 


Schultz’s participation in public service began on the Jacksonville Expressway Authority, which is known today as the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. He served in the Florida Legislature from 1963 to 1970, including two years as Speaker of the House. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed him vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, where he served until 1982.


He was always a leader looking for solutions. He played a key role in the city’s consolidation, the founding of Leadership Jacksonville and the creation of the Jacksonville Community Council Inc., a local non-profit that seeks to find solutions for local issues. He was also instrumental in the development of the Alliance for World Class Education.


Schultz graduated from Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded a Bronze Star. After the war he attended University of Florida Law School but left to pursue family interests in business. His business career was built upon a series of successful capital ventures. He founded Florida Wire and Cable, Platt Pontiac and Florida Trend Magazine. He also served on the board of directors of Barnett Bank, American Heritage Life, Southeast Atlantic Beverage, Transco Energy and Florida Steel.


When Schultz was 16, his mother asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He told her he wanted to help people, and she never let him forget it. He spent much of his life working to improve public education and government and, as a result, helping people.