@UCFALUMNI May 8


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Central Florida

Location: Orlando FL

If you go searching for the largest university in the United States with the most undergraduate students a Florida school is at the top. The University of Central Florida which has been at the list for the last  three years, enrolling 54,513 undergraduates in fall 2015.

The campus is pretty impressive when you look at it from above-see photo below.

ucf_aerial

 

UCF was founded in 1963 by Florida Legislation.

florida resolution

In 1964 they established the site the college would be located on. Look at this picture below and they go back to see what campus looks like today from previous photo. GROWTH!!!

UCF 1964

Growing pains from 1963 until the first student arrived were evident. The new president Dr. Charles Millican had an office in downtown Orlando above a drug store. His office furnishing were sparse as you can see from below. Not sure any college president today would agree to using his lap as a desk.

President UCF

In 1968 UCF which was called Florida Technology University opened with 428 students. Today FTU has a new name and educates 50,000 plus undergraduates in one year. Today UCF has nearly 200,000 alumni.

That is growth!

 

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