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Press Release for Tuesday, April 21, 2020

UNF President Szymanski to take 15% salary reduction and significant reduction in president’s office budget to help fund scholarships


Ginny Walthour

Director, Media Relations 

(904) 620-2102


Jacksonville, Fla. – The University of North Florida announces that President David Szymanski will take a 15% salary reduction in FY 2020 and the President’s Office will have a 65% reduction in its operating budget for FY 2021 to further assist students in need.


Together, these two funds will create more than $250,000 in new student scholarships and need-based aid in alignment with UNF’s unwavering commitment to student success. Funds will also help partially offset increased costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The University continues to be laser focused on assisting with the financial and other immediate needs of our fellow Ospreys. Today more than ever, we must make the sacrifices necessary to ensure that our students can complete their education. Now is the time to give back,” said UNF President Szymanski. “Our goal remains one of pursuing the steps necessary to ensure UNF remains affordable and accessible to current as well as prospective students. This new scholarship fund is being created to play a critical role in easing financial hardships for our many students and their families.”  


These cost savings measures apply only to the President’s salary and the President’s Office and no additional measures are being implemented at this time. The university is continually exploring cost savings opportunities as part of a broader financial due diligence.