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Press Release for Thursday, November 8, 2012

UNF Building Dedication Honors Jacksonville Civic Leaders

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




The University of North Florida will dedicate the building that houses the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) as Petway Hall in honor of devoted civic leaders Tom and Elizabeth “Betty” Petway for their outstanding contributions to education and literacy in Jacksonville and across the state of Florida at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in the the COEHS Building, Building 57, on the UNF campus.  


“Tom and Betty represent what it truly means to be engaged in the community and the state,” said UNF President John Delaney. “Petway Hall is a lasting tribute to these two outstanding civic leaders.” 


Tom Petway is a prominent area business leader serving on the board of US Assure Insurance Services,Inc., a national insurance marketing and administrative services company. He was also a former chairman of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and former chair of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association. He was a co-founder of and an original minority partner in the NFL’s 30th franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tom also has been co-chairman of the organizing group for Super Bowl XXXIX and co-chairman and CEO of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee. 


He has also been chairman of the board of directors for the Community Hospice Foundation, served as chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Jacksonville Preservation Project, as well as serving on the boards of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the World Golf Village.  


Additionally, Tom has also exhibited his commitment to education through his service on the State University System’s Florida Board of Regents and the subsequent Florida Board of Governors, being the only individual to have served as chairman of both statewide boards.  


Betty Petway is the vice chair of the Petway Family Foundation and was the first woman to chair the capital campaign for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, for which she won an EVE Award for philanthropic service in 1996. She is actively involved in numerous organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society, Hope Haven and the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. She is an honorary board member for the Jacksonville Zoo, honorary UNF alumna and a former UNF Foundation Board member. 


While supporting UNF in many ways, the Petways’ contribution to early learning literacy education has transformed the lives of thousands of preschoolers across the state through the Florida Institute of Education at UNF. Because of the Petways, reading has become an achievable building block to education for Florida’s children. They are also contributors to the UNF Disability Resource Center housed in the COEHS building. 


  UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.