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Press Release for Monday, October 1, 2012

UNF Building Dedication Honors Former University President

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The University of North Florida will dedicate the University Center in honor of Adam W. Herbert, an outstanding educator and inspirational leader, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Board of Trustees Room, Room 1058, located in the University Center.  


The building will be renamed the Adam W. Herbert University Center as a tribute to UNF’s third president from 1989 to 1998. During his tenure, Herbert increased enrollment, enhanced academic quality, greatly expanded the campus, fostered a caring and nurturing learning environment and built lasting bridges to the community. One such bridge included securing funding and overseeing the design and construction of the University Center, open to the campus, community and area businesses.  


The University experienced unprecedented growth under Herbert’s leadership, exceeding the 10,000-student level in 1995. He also fostered community partnerships resulting in a significant increase in private funding to supplement state appropriations. 

During his time as UNF president, he was chairman of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of NFL Now, a successful community initiative to bring a National Football League team to Jacksonville. Following his UNF service, Herbert was named chancellor of the State University System of Florida, the second-largest university system in America.  


Returning to UNF in 2000, Herbert became the founding executive director of The Florida Center for Public Policy and Leadership, which was a manifestation of his longstanding interest in public service. Early in his career, he was selected as one of 15 White House Fellows and served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. He also was special assistant to the U.S. Undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development and director of research for the Joint Center for Political Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Herbert was selected as the 16th president of Indiana University, leading the eight-campus system until 2007. Today he resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Karen.