Presidential Remarks


Performance goals and more for UCF

President John C. Hitt outlined performance goals and offered updates on several key initiatives at Florida’s largest university in this presentation to the Florida Board of Governors on March 20, 2014, at Florida State University. Among other topics, the president discussed UCF efforts to improve the quality of education offered at UCF and to boost student performance. The president also detailed the significance of two new collaborations involving UCF: The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, comprised of Florida International University, UCF, and the University of South Florida, and the University Innovation Alliance, a partnership with 10 other leading universities from throughout the nation.

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President's 2013 State of the University Address

President Hitt marks UCF's 50th anniversary year with little-known facts about the beginnings of the university (today's main campus was not the original first or second choice as a site) and discusses where Florida's largest university is headed next. Along the way, he recognizes key founding supporters, salutes long-time original faculty and staff members, and unveils a new guaranteed admissions program called Top 10 Knights. In addition, he also announces that UCF has secured two new trademarks: America's Partnership University and America's Leading Partnership University. This video from September 24, 2013, also includes remarks from Dr. Reid Oetjen, chair of the UCF Faculty Senate, and Melissa Westbrook, president of the UCF Student Government Association.

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President's 2012 State of the University Address

The subjects of size and growth tend to arise often when your institution has the largest enrollment in Florida and the second largest in the nation. Is bigger better or is smaller better for UCF? In its 50th anniversary year, what is UCF's position on growth, and where should we be heading? President Hitt addresses those questions and more during his 2012 State of the University Address on September 25, 2012. This video also includes remarks from Dr. Ida Cook, chair of the UCF Faculty Senate, and Cortes Whatley, president of the UCF Student Government Association.

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President's unique approach still drives UCF

In his inaugural address from November 19, 1992, UCF President John C. Hitt outlined the partnership approach that would propel much of UCF’s success in the decades ahead. Many of UCF’s signature achievements – including the UCF School of Medicine, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and Bright House Networks Stadium – originated from partnerships among UCF and other organizations, governments, and businesses. Dr. Hitt's inaugural address also introduced his five key goals that continue to guide UCF today. On March 1, 2012, the president marked his 20th anniversary at UCF.

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President Hitt's 20th anniversary on campus

On March 1, 2012, the UCF campus community packed the Student Union’s Pegasus Ballroom to celebrate the 20th anniversary of President John Hitt and UCF First Lady Martha Hitt. Follow the event, catch the remarks of President Hitt and the other speakers, and see congratulatory video messages from one of UCF’s special days.

President Hitt, Part 1: “We change all the time.”

President Hitt reflects on his personal influences, goals, and his tenure at UCF with host Diane Trees of the Metro Center Outlook show on WUCF TV. This is the first of two segments featuring President Hitt in recognition of his 20th anniversary at UCF.

President Hitt, Part II: “It’s a big group effort.”

In his second interview with Metro Center Outlook about his 20th anniversary at UCF, President Hitt discusses the importance of quality, economic growth, partnerships and the future.

President Hitt's 20th anniversary video

Learn more about the history of UCF and President Hitt’s impact during his 20 years at UCF. Dr. Hitt became UCF’s fourth president on March 1, 1992. Since then, UCF has grown from the 115th-largest university in America to the nation’s second-largest university and Florida’s largest.

President's 2011 State of the University Address

See President Hitt provides an overview of university achievements, opportunities, and challenges to UCF students, faculty members, and staff members during his State of the University address at the Student Union on Oct. 27, 2011.

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Great news for PBS lovers in Central Florida

President Hitt announces the creation of WUCF TV and outlines how it will preserve and enhance PBS programming for more than 3.5 million people in Central Florida. The new station is a partnership between UCF, Brevard Community College, and PBS. Joining President Hitt for the June 2 press conference were Rick Walsh, chairman of the UCF Board of Trustees; Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS; and James Drake, president of Brevard Community College.

President-to-Presidents Address 2009

Each year, one university president in the nation is invited to address presidential peers during the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ annual conference. Read President Hitt’s remarks about the power of partnerships titled “Discovering Our Futures: The Power of Partnerships.” He delivered this address to the 420-member association on Nov. 23, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Hitt's Presidents Message 2009