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A Legacy of Leadership Sets the Stage for Future Growth

Author: Helios Education Foundation

April 6, 2018

The University of Central Florida (UCF), with Fall 2017 enrollment exceeding 66,000 students, is Florida’s largest public state university. Upon his retirement in June 2018, President John Hitt would have led this dynamic institution for over twenty-five years. President Hitt leaves a legacy of aggressive growth in enrollment, marked increases in the school’s academic rankings, and partnerships that define Central Florida. “Helios Education Foundation is proud to have worked with President Hitt in true partnership to propel more students to postsecondary success”, said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. 

Once a regional commuter school, President Hitt led UCF through an era of expansion, which led to the university’s network of thirteen colleges and a staff that exceeds 10,000. President Hitt not only oversaw the university’s academic growth, but also the construction of an on-campus football stadium, the Central Florida Credit Union Arena, a multitude of on-campus housing projects and the development of the UCF College of Medicine at Lake Nona. 

While the Presidency of John Hitt is recorded in UCF’s history, a new era marked by the confirmation of Dale Whittaker as the university’s fifth president is excitedly underway. Congratulations to President Hitt on his numerous accomplishments, and to President-elect Dale Whittaker as he takes the lead at the University of Central Florida. 

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