Presidential Remarks 2014

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UCF's rise to the next level is underway

President Hitt outlines how Florida's most popular university is the move in his annual State of the University Address on September 24, 2014. "Today, I can tell you that the ascent of UCF to its next level as a premier university is happening now – in this academic year."

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UCF proceeds with big plans in downtown Orlando

In a decision that could recast the futures of UCF and the City of Orlando, President Hitt announces on September 23, 2014, that UCF will expand its downtown presence, subject to obtaining state funding and necessary approvals. The move includes an alliance with Valencia College that could eventually bring 10,000-or-more students downtown to live and study.

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UCF faculty: 'You have my deepest gratitude'

UCF is moving beyond seven rugged years of budget cuts with raises, new hires, and some major initiatives, President Hitt tells faculty members at a welcome celebration on August 15, 2014. Dr. Hitt thanks faculty members for keeping the faith in UCF despite personal hardships and sacrifices from state budget reductions. He also introduces Dr. Dale Whittaker, new provost and vice president for academic affairs, who joined UCF on August 1.

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A potential game changer for Osceola and region

President Hitt addresses the Osceola County Commission on June 16, 2014, regarding a new partnership effort with Osceola County aimed at creating a smart-sensors research and manufacturing center along with thousands of new jobs.

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Saluting the UCF College of Medicine Class of 2014

Fifty-five graduates participated May 16, 2014, in the second commencement for the UCF College of Medicine at Lake Nona. Discover what President Hitt encouraged UCF's latest crop of young doctors to do during his commencement address.

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Welcome to UCF, top young scientists!

Thousands of middle and high school students from throughout the nation and Japan flocked to UCF in May for the 2014 Science Olympiad National Tournament. Learn what President Hitt said to them during the opening ceremony.

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Suggestions for being effective leaders and doers

President Hitt offers thoughts on leadership and service at the Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity Conference on March 29, 2014. See the five personal tips he shared for becoming an effective leader.

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Latest performance goals and more for UCF

President 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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Hall of Fame honors for a simulation leader

The National Center for Simulation recognized President Hitt and four other simulation pioneers on March 26, 2014, as inaugural inductees in the center's Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame. Read what the president said in accepting the award.

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A new alliance of state urban research universities

The combined metro areas of Miami, Tampa-St. Petersbrug, and Orlando host the majority of Florida's residents and are the leading drivers of the state's economy. In these March 19, 2014, remarks to Florida lawmakers on the House Committee on Education, President Hitt discusses a new alliance of the state's three metropolitan research universities involving UCF, Florida Internatonal University, and the University of South Florida. Learn more about the Florida Consoritum of Metropolitan Research Universities and its efforts to boost student success and to enhance Florida's economy.

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