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About the Institute


Formerly known as the Institute for Values, Community & Leadership, the Taylor Leadership Institute is an initiative within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, emphasizing the encouragement, promotion and rewarding of personal, civic and community engagement with a concentration on values and leadership constructs. The Leadership Minor offers an in-depth study of leadership from a theoretical perspective balanced with practical application. The credential was approved by the Academic Program Committee, and voted upon by the full Faculty Association.*   


The Institute facilitates the education and development of students on how to become effective, ethical and value-based leaders with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and responsibility to the real world of the workplace and civic/community engagement. Several programs are now operational that demonstrate this:

  • The Minor in Leadership
  • Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT)
  • Annual Student Leadership Summit
  • Leadership Speakers Bureau
  • Annual Taylor Talks
  • Leadership Scholarship Program

Mission Statement 

To develop and promote global ethical leadership and character among our students and the UNF community through education, service, civic engagement and research.


About our Namesake 

Bruce Taylor Edited2R. Bruce Taylor, III, Ph. D. , the chairman of the UNF Board of Trustees, championed with Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President of UNF International and Student Affairs, a leadership resource for the UNF campus community:  what is now known as the Taylor Leadership Institute. Dr. Taylor founded Taylor Engineering, Inc. and guided the company to prominence as one of the leading coastal and water resource engineering organizations in the United States. Dr. Taylor is the recipient of a number of honors and recognitions for his leadership roles to include Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Florida and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Florida Engineer of the Year and the nation’s highest honor given to a professional engineer: the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Award. Dr. Taylor participates in planning, developing and promoting innovative programs offered by the UNF Taylor Leadership Institute.


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.


Top images from flickr: Cheryl Weryk, Stephen Bowler, Alex SkroBot, Adam Baker, Derek Yu, Beadmobile.