Any university with a new president expects a bigger and brighter future.

But, in 1992, no one at the University of Central Florida—including its new president, John C. Hitt—anticipated the growth in stature and quality to come at UCF over the next two decades.

The university has emerged as one of America’s great success stories in higher education since Dr. Hitt started at UCF on March 1, 1992. At that time, UCF’s enrollment ranked 115th in the nation and fifth in Florida. Today, UCF stands as the nation’s second-largest university and Florida’s largest. And UCF has become a major metropolitan research university of global significance.

Here are some of the remarkable gains that coincide with the tenure of President Hitt and his wife, Martha, UCF’s first lady:

Enrollment

1992

21,424

2012

58,587

Average Freshman SAT Score

1992

1011

2012

1250

 

Minority Enrollment

1992

16.9%

2012

37.2%

Degree Programs

1992

142

2012

211

 

Colleges

1992

5

2012

12

Degrees Awarded by

1992

57,341

2012

225,106

President Hitt’s Impact

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  • Dr. Hitt, Congratulations to you on all your successes! My four years at UCF were some of the best of my life and that time cultivated my love of learning that to this day thrives. I'm working on my PhD now in NYC and had the opportunity to hear you speak again tonight. It reminded me of such fond memories at UCF and reenergized my love for my alma mater. That time provided me the foundation for a successful career that will last me many, many years to come. Thank you for dedicating yourself to the success of all those to come to UCF with a dream in mind.

    — Angela Yarbrough

  • When I moved from a little town in northern Ohio to the big city of Orlando, I was not sure how I would fit into the university's world. I did not know a soul but was fortunate enough to be selected as part of the charter class for the LEAD Scholars program. I finished my business degree in just three years but during that time was able to see significant growth within the university. The CAB events moved from the Wild Pizza to the Student Union and Daunte Culpepper made working the boxes at the football games a joyous task. I was blessed to work in the provost's office, serve as chief justice within SGA, and be a member of PLC. I made amazing connections and will never forget how kind, caring and supportive the Hitts were throughout my journey. I thank you for serving as such a great support for education & success for students and alumni alike. With thanks and gratitude, Cassandra "Cassi" Willard, Esq. COB - Class of '98

    — Cassi Willard

  • Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Hitt on reaching this milestone! I am so honored to have met you and not only learned first hand about the countless accomplishments you have brought to the university but also to have witnessed one of the most pure and true examples of servant leadership I have ever seen. As a student, I knew UCF was a special place; four years of distance has only made me appreciate it even more. Your vision, leadership, character, and commitment to value people as individuals has created a nurturing culture that is truly amazing. Thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do. I wish you both all of the best, continued success and enjoyment of life.

    — Naomi Brownstein

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, When I stepped foot on campus nearly 6 years ago, I had high hopes for what my college experience would be. I anticipated making friends that would last a lifetime, growing up and preparing myself for the next phase of my career, and becoming a better leader and a better person. UCF helped me to accomplish all of those things, but what I did not expect was how easy it would be for me to leave a mark on campus, to feel like my presence as a student was important and that my opinions mattered. The atmosphere you created at UCF is one of inclusion and camaraderie, and for that, I am forever grateful. It was an honor to serve as a member of the President's Leadership Council, and to interact with you in your home and represent your office to the school and Orlando community. My heart and loyalty belong to the Black and Gold, and I am so proud to be a Knight. Thank you for your service, innovation and your dedication to UCF and its students. Congratulations... and GO KNIGHTS!

    — Celeste Brown, 2010

  • Dr. Hitt, As students traditionally navigate the pipeline of academia at the college level, it is usually difficult to gauge the true passion a president has for the wellbeing of an institution and the students whom attend. As I wish you the sincerest congratulations on your past 20 years of service, I would like to reassure you that your passion is made very transparent to not only the students, however the alumni and community as well. My time as a Knight was nothing short of life changing, as I was allowed the opportunity to become all that I could be - academically, socially and intrapersonally. Being fortunate enough to serve as a member of the prestigious President’s Leadership Council, I was welcomed into your home to share many memories with you, Mrs. Hitt, and the UCF faculty and staff. Now, as an aspiring student affairs professional attending Michigan State University, I find myself following your words of wisdom and passion for students as I look to my future work and professional aspirations. I am proud to say that I am a UCF Alumni and I am confident in knowing that you were a huge factor in shaping my extraordinary college experience. Thank you and Mrs. Hitt, for your dedication to the university, community and field of higher education as a whole. Congratulations and best of luck with all future endeavors! – Marcus Sanderlin, President's Leadership Council 2010-2011

    — Marcus Sanderlin

  • Congratulations, Dr. and Mrs. Hitt! Thank you for your continued, dedicated leadership and service to lead UCF to prominence! I am honored to be a faculty member at our vibrant, innovative university. Best wishes for continued successes and happiness.

    — Mary Little

  • Congratulations Dr. and Mrs. Hitt! Thank you for everything you have done over the last 20 years to make The University of Central Florida one of the most prestigious universities in the country and thus, the world! I have truly benefited from your commitment to this fine institution in the unwavering resilience of the faculty and staff during your tenure. My experiences, both academic and athletic have made me a TRUE UCF Knights fan from seeing the highest average scores of all incoming Freshmen to the incredible rise of UCF Athletics onto the National Stage. You have left an indelible mark in the Central Florida community, the state of Florida and ultimately this great nation. Thank you once more for all that you have both done over the years.

    — Edward J Garcia

  • Congratulations, Dr. Hitt. Thank you for the time, energy and hard work you have invested into UCF. The fruits of your labor have been a blessing to all of us. All the best to you and Martha.

    — JoAnne Stephenson

  • Dr. Hitt, When I left UCF as a student in 1992, driving over a gravel parking lot, I never imagined that I would return to such amazing growth (and parking garages) as an employee 15 years later! You have done a phenomenal job garnering worldwide recognition for this university and I applaud both you and Mrs. Hitt. Thank you for your progressive thinking, decisive actions, and tireless committment. Jorri Bright, Undergraduate Coordinator, CED

    — Jorri Bright

  • Dr and Mrs. Hitt: Congratulations! I have seen this university grow so much in my time at UCF. I consider the UCF experience to be top notch-- the best value of any university anywhere in the country. I took pride in being a Golden Knight, and now I take pride in being a Knight. So many great things have been achieved by our community, and so many more things lie in store. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this university truly stand for opportunity. Happy 20th anniversary!

    — Jay Morrow

  • As UCF’s visionary for the past twenty years, you have led this institution to become one of America’s great success stories in higher education. During your tenure, the WUCF-FM staff have trained and mentored hundreds of students in all aspects of this public media station. Their experiences here, along with their varied academic pursuits, have groomed them to step out boldly and begin carving their place in the world. WUCF 89.9 FM is proud to be a partner in the global outreach of this major metropolitan university. Through radio broadcasts and streaming, we provide programming that enriches, educates, and entertains not only Central Florida residents, but national and international listeners as well. Congratulations on 20 years of history making leadership, Dr. Hitt … Bravo! We are honored to be UCF Knights, and eagerly look forward to your next adventures! Kayonne Riley, Director, March 1994; Bruce Doerle, Engineer, October 2001; Ann Kenda, Broadcasting Coordinator, May 2011; Patricia Stucky, Office Assistant, July 1998; Jan Whitehouse, Marketing Specialist, March 2001; Alan Rock, Weekday Morning Jazz Host, February 2001; Marc Taylor, Weekday Afternoon Jazz Host, August 2011; Jack Simpson, “Jazz on the Beach” Host, July 1983; John Segers, Music Director and Sunday Afternoon Jazz Host, April 1995; Bryan Morales, Engineering and IT Assistant, October 2008

    — WUCF-FM 89.9 Staff

  • Congratulations, Dr. and Mrs. Hitt! It's great to be a part of this amazing university and one that I am proud of! Thanks for your 20 years of dedication to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and community. UCF continues to be an institution on the move and I look forward to the great things we have in store!

    — Jeremy Foskitt

  • Congratulations and Thank you both for transforming this once small commuter school into the wonderful diverse university that I call home. I am sure that UCF would have never reached these heights without you at the helm. I could not be prouder of the school that I go to. Go Knights!

    — Chris Robinson

  • It was a pleasure to sit in your office this Monday, days before your 20th Anniversary, and for you to give up just an hour of your precious time to open up to myself and fellow pledges. I will remember most how, apart from your grand stature and powerful position, your humility shines through brightest in conversations and how you felt UCF was just making such a big deal out of your 20 years of service. Thank you for your commitment.

    — Gabriel Zayas

  • It has been an honor and a pleasure to attend UCF for these 4 years. While I have been here I have seen UCF become one of the greatest universities in the nation. So much of our success and triumph has been due to countless hours you have put in to help this university become what it is today. I have seen the average student SAT scores and high school GPA requirements rise dramatically since my freshman year, I have seen our sports programs nationally ranked for the first time in our schools history. This university has you to thank for all of that. Congratulations on 20 years of overwhelming success!

    — Joe Lebowitz, Sigma Nu Fraternity

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt: Congratulations on your 20 year anniversary at, what I and many more consider, the best university in the country! You both are such an instrumental part of the growth of UCF and definitely made my undergraduate experience unforgettable. Having the honor to serve on the President's Leadership Council for both of you gave me incredible insight into what it really means to be a UCF Knight. I wish you both the best and cannot wait to see what new and innovative changes you will be a part of over the next 20 years.

    — Adam Tulp

  • Congratulations Dr. and Mrs. Hitt. I am extremely grateful to attend a university that truly does stand for opportunity. Your hard work and dedication has made UCF grow into one of the best kept secrets in the nation. UCF is truly a rare gem, and it is because of the passion you have for education and our university. It has been a pleasure working with you the past year on the President’s Leadership Council, and I am honored to serve as one of your ambassadors. I’ve enjoyed spending time with you and the council at the Burnett house, and learning more about what you have in store for our school. I can’t thank you enough and express my gratitude for how much I appreciate everything you have done for our university and community. Happy 20th Anniversary at UCF!

    — Heather Waymouth, President's Leadership Council

  • During my three years as part of the President's Leadership Council, I had many opportunities to speak with President and Mrs. Hitt about their vision for our university. I was always struck with their sense that we can always be better, always improve, and always be innovative. I think that translates to the university as a whole and to its graduates. I thank you both for your years of service to our great university and to Central Florida as a whole. I wish you many years of continued success. Congratulations on reaching this 20 year milestone!

    — Ashley Conyers

  • My sincerest congratulations on twenty wonderful years to you, Dr. and Mrs. Hitt. You have transformed this University to something others can only dream to achieve in such a short time. The leaps and bounds that UCF has taken, only increases my pride as an alumna. I hope there are many more years of success and student enrichment to come! If the staff and faculty of UCF are involved, I know the possibilities are endless.

    — Andrea Wright

  • Thanks for all of your hard work! Go Knights!

    — tr

  • How time flies! It seems not longer than yesterday that I received a fax from you applying for the UCF Presidential position and was soon arranging interviews between you and the then Board of Regents and UCF Presidential Search Committee. It has been an exciting 20 years! As Knights we have many things for which to thank you. Congratulations on 20 years!

    — Carol Ann Pohl

  • Congratulations President Hitt on your 20 years of service! Thank you for providing all of the students with a wonderful place to learn and grow! Hope you have many more successful years to come!

    — Taylor Reyes

  • Congratulations! You have certainly transformed UCF into a highly recognized university. May you have many more years to serve as president!

    — Ryan Griffeth

  • Congrats on your accomplishments! Robert Lewis, BA Class of 2004 Carre Lewis, MSN Class of 2013

    — Carrie and Robert Lewis

  • Three little words "And Then Some"...I've heard you recite this Carl Holmes poem many times during many different occasions in the 20 years you've served as our president. How remarkably fitting to reflect on these three little words for this milestone celebration. "These three little words are the secret to success...I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world a better place. Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words...and then some." I'm grateful to you and Mrs. Hitt for making all these years at UCF so incredibly exciting! Never a dull moment. So much more to do...and then some. I can't wait!

    — Ana Petkov

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, My warmest congratulations on your 20th anniversary here at UCF. This university is what it is today because of all of your contributions, love and care. Beyond the abundant innovative ideas, long hours and hard work you both have contributed, your hospitality to all UCF Knights has truly changed my experience here! Sincere regards, Lee Noto President's Leadership Council 2010-2012

    — Lee Noto

  • Dr. Hitt: Congratulations! And, thank you for your visionary leadership in helping to transform our university into a major economic and educational player in the central Florida region. You and Martha continue to provide your strong support for all of our recruitment efforts, as we have seen UCF become an institution of 1st choice for so many academically talented and diverse students. Your thorough understanding of the issues affecting college students and higher education in general, coupled with your goal to provide access to all those who have demonstrated an ability to take advantage of the academic enterprise and educational experiences we offer, are just a few of the reasons why UCF Stands for Opportunity.

    — Gordon Chavis

  • Dear Dr. & Mrs. Hitt, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on your 20th anniversary in the UCF leadership. This past year I had an honor to serve this university on the President's Leadership Council and had a privilege of getting to know how dedicated you both are to what you do best - that is leading UCF to its highest potential. You both have set a standard to great leadership and commitment for the generations to come. Under your wing, UCF has grown to become a land of endless opportunities. Coming from a small Former Soviet Union country called Kyrgyzstan, I have taken advantage of numerous opportunities provided here at UCF as leverage in pushing myself towards my goals. Thank you for making all of this possible. Thank you for welcoming PLC into your home for dinners and especially into your hearts. You are truly inspirational and your amazing work will never be forgotten. Congratulations on your fruitful 20 years!

    — Ellie Baialieva - President's Leadership Council

  • Dr. Hitt, Thank you for making UCF a "Shining Beacon upon the Hill". The fruits of your labor will be most evident for our children and grandchildren, they will truly reap the benefits of your leadership in the years and generations to come. You live a life that recognizes a "rising tide lifts all boats" and that every student can succeed given the chance and the tools. Your legacy will endure the test of time and you will always be one of my Hero's. Here's a salute to your first 20 years and a toast to another 20 incredible years Mr. President & Mrs. Hitt!! Godspeed to you both!! Very respectfully, Ken Pruitt

    — Ken Pruitt

  • Thank you, Dr. Hitt, for contributing to the UCF community by dedicating your time and passions into our university! I couldn't be more proud to be a Knight! Congratulations on all of the accomplishments you have made possible for the University of Central Florida. Go Knights!

    — Margaux Ring

  • President Hitt it was an honor and a pleasure to have met you and get a chance to interview you with my Brothers. By the smile on your face I can tell that you are truly genuine in your actions and that you love your job. You have led this University into doing great things not only for the school, but also for the community. Your open-mindedness, creativity, and great leadership skills is what will continuously make this University the best. Thank you for all that you have done.

    — Shardonay Davis, Alpha Kappa Psi

  • Congratulations on making such a profound effect on a body of students as large as the one at UCF! You are a wonderful leader and I am proud to call myself a UCF Knight!! It was the greatest honor to have interviewed you, it is an event I will never forget. I am proud to call you a Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, and we will always be your biggest supporters! Congratulations once again!

    — Ashley Carbonell, Alpha Kappa Psi

  • Congratulations on 20 years of success at the University of Central Florida!

    — Sharon Body

  • Thank you for your visionary leadership. You have provided the means for many students to receive a quality UCF education while attending classes on regional campuses. The popular DirectConnect to UCF transfer program allows our community college graduates to transition to UCF and continue their education.

    — Linda Gregory - Academic Advisor, Seminole State College of Florida

  • Dr. Hitt, Thank You for all your years of service! Meeting you 2 years ago was an experience I will never forget. Congratulations on everything you do!

    — Viviana Werner

  • Congratulations Dr. Hitt on your 20 years of service. Your dedication to the students, faculty and staff of UCF is noticed. Thanks for making us stand out in the nation! -Germayne Graham

    — Germayne Graham

  • Congratulations to Dr. & Mrs. Hitt on an amazing 20 years at UCF! Being an international student, I was taken aback at the size of this university when I started my undergrad at UCF. Little did I know that the staff and faculty who are responsible for this institution's success, have a fascinating way of making you feel like you belong here more than anyone else. I am so honored to be a part of this phenomenal institution and moreover, serve and represent you through the President's Leadership Council. It has been a tremendously humbling experience meeting both, you and Mrs. Hitt personally on multiple occassions throughout my college journey, and your kindness and hospitality is truly refreshing. Your leadership has impacted so many lives, including mine, and I thank you for that. You have been and continue to be an inspiration! "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - P. Adams

    — Zainab Nasser - President's Leadership Council

  • Congratulations to Dr. Hitt! 20 years is an amazing feat for anything in this time. Dr. Hitt truly took UCF to new heights and continues to push us higher. Having the honor to meet Dr. Hitt was one of the highlights of my collegiate career, and one I will never forget. A few years ago I took a trip to Los Angeles, and the first license plate I saw after I left LAX was a UCF plate. I never thought that would happen, but Dr. Hitt is largely responsible for UCF's expansion and success. Congrats again!

    — Jason Willis, The Newport Group

  • Congratulations Mr. President. Happy 20th Anniversary! Keep up the good work!

    — Derek Guadagno

  • Dr. Hitt, It has been an honor to be a student here at the University of Central Florida. I would like to take this time to congratulate you on twenty years of service to this University. My time here thus far has made my college experience exciting, challenging, but more importantly worthwhile. I am proud to be a UCF Knight and thank you for your continued dedication towards this university. Best Wishes

    — Daniel Ahye

  • Congratulations President Hitt! So proud to call you my Brother. Thanks for everything you have done for this school. Attending UCF has been the best decision of my life!

    — Michelle Garcia, Alpha Kappa Psi

  • I would like to congratulate Dr. & Mrs. Hitt for a truly monumental and successful 20 years at UCF. Your vision and passion that has led UCF to be the leading partnership university in the nation is nothing short of amazing. The growth in not just quantity but quality programs, infrastructure,and students has led UCF to be the dominant force it is today. Getting to serve you and Mrs. Hitt the last 2 years on the President's Leadership Council has been an unforgettable opportunity and will cherish it for the rest of my life. Can't wait to see where you will take Knight Nation next. Go Knights!!

    — Adam Straka - President's Leadership Council

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, Congratulations on reaching your twenty years at UCF. I am honored to serve you as a member of the President's Leadership Council and represent UCF within the community. I am proud to be a UCF knight thanks to the phenomenal environment and opportunities that you have created for students. Because of you, UCF is one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Your university has made such an impact in my life that I will cherish forever. -Melissa Gregory

    — Melissa Gregory "President's Leadership Council"

  • Congratulations and thank you for having the vision to transform UCF in the university that I call my own. Go Knights!

    — Amanda Morales

  • Dr. Hitt has brought UCF to the national spotlight. During his 20 years of service, he has helped transform UCF from a small school that few knew existed, to the second largest university in the nation in terms of attendance. I am proud to call UCF my alma mater and I can thank John Hitt for that!

    — Dan Robinson

  • Dr. Hitt, Congratulations on a remarkable 20 years at the University of Central Florida. Talk about what a great time in my life to be part of UCF with you as our President. The University has really and truly reached the stars under your leadership; Dr. Millican is defiantly smiling down at you! 2010-2011 Student Body Vice President

    — Taylor Lochrane, U.S.Department of Transportation

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, I want to thank and congratulate you for all you have contributed to our university over the past twenty years. It is because of your true dedication and commitment that UCF has grown to exceed all expectations. Over the past two years I have had the privilege to serve both you and this institution through President’s Leadership Council. Through this experience I have witnessed firsthand what a hardworking and caring individual you are. Your profound leadership has provided students with vast amounts of opportunity for success. Congratulations again for an outstanding twenty years!

    — Alexandra Koffler, President's Leadership Council

  • As a graduate of the College of Education at UCF, I would like to personally congratulate you on 20 amazing, transformational years at the University of Central Florida. I am proud to have received my graduate degrees from UCF and continue to marvel at the unprecedented growth and national recognition during the past 20 years. Your leadership and commitment are to be commended.

    — David Rock, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi

  • Dear Dr. Hitt, Congratulations on 20 years of service and excellence to the Orlando community. It is rare to find a leader that continually strives to achieve bigger and better things year after year. I am proud of all that you have done for this school. I would like to congratulate Mrs. Hitt as well. Beside every great man there is a great woman. I wish you both the very best in the future. -Kumail Merchant Order of Pegasus Class of 2011 UCF College of Medicine Class of 2015

    — Kumail Merchant

  • Dr. Hitt, I'd like to give you you a simple thank you for making UCF a university I can be proud to attend.

    — Vanessa Olivares

  • Dr. Hitt, Thank you for everything you've done to make our university great. It's hard to imagine where I'd be today without my experience at UCF and the outstanding academic and professional opportunities the university provided. Sincerely, Fleet Davis

    — Fleet Davis

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, I am so grateful for the privilege of being a student under your leadership. You both have contributed more this university than can ever even be fully accounted for. I remember the first time I was welcomed into your home for one of the dinners that you generously hosted for the President's Leadership Council. I was so amazed at your kindness and hospitality. I'll admit, I was nervous about attending the dinner, because I didn't feel worthy to be in the presence of such significant and wonderful people. But you both made me feel welcome and helped me to realize that I can become significant too. You are a blessing to this university. The great things that you have done will last and will never be forgotten.

    — Kelly Cox

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, Thank you so much for your dedication and passion to this university. Twenty years is a great amount of time to spend growing and learning, and I know from just the 3 years I have been a student at UCF, that you are a great leader. You have built this beautiful institution that has become my home, and I could not thank you more. UCF is an incredible community and I am so grateful to be a part of it. In being on PLC, I have gained a unique perspective and love for UCF. I look up to your success, and I know that your time here will continue to inspire others. Thank you sincerely for all that you do and for all that is to come. Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone. -Valerie Greco

    — Valerie Greco

  • I remember first being introduced to Dr. Hitt at freshman orientation and being star struck in his presence. I could not fathom how one man could have helped create such a phenomenal university. I continued to be amazed by Dr. Hitt as I saw him walking around on campus and eating ice cream cones at Marketplace. I was always struck by his humbleness and the way he fit in so perfectly amongst the university community and students. As a member of the President's Leadership Council for the past two years I had the honor and privilege to meet and interact with Dr. and Mrs. Hitt on multiple occasions. They are by far two of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. There dedication and commitment to making UCF the best university it can be truly amazes me. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, dedication, and passion for UCF. My UCF experience has been greatly enhanced because of you and I cannot thank you enough. Congratulations on 20 years at UCF!!! Your time here will continue to impact students for years and years to come. -Marla Spector

    — Marla Spector

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, thank you. Because of your dedication and selflessness, thousands of students have left and will continue to leave this university with an open mind as well as an open heart. They will change their workplaces, communities, and maybe even the world one day. They will continue to leave a positive impact on the lives of others. You have not only shown the students that UCF stands for opportunity, you have shown them how to create opportunities wherever life may lead them. Congratulations on an amazing 20 years, and thank you for making a difference in the lives of those you touch.

    — Latoya Jackson, PLC Chair 2011-2012

  • Dr. Hitt and Mrs. Hitt, I would like to extent the highest congratulations to you two for the great work you have done for us student and the UCF community. I remember meeting you Dr. Hitt for the 1st time in Knightros when I was a freshman and I would always go back at the same time everyday to eat and shake his hand because I knew I was in the presence of greatness and I knew I wanted to be somewhat like Dr. Hitt one day. I am so proud to be a part of your President's Leadership Council and be able to serve you and the UCF community. Thank you again for everything you have done for this university and UCF does truly stand of Opportunity.

    — Joel Joseph

  • Dr. Hitt and Mrs. Hitt, you truly have made a significant impact on our university and community. UCF has provided students with endless opportunities. Our university continues to grow and prosper under your vision and leadership. First coming to UCF, I was intimidated by our size and the number of students who attended. Now, every time I give a tour or speak to a prospective student, I always mention that we may be the second largest university in the nation, but this university makes you feel at home. UCF continues to have remarkable achievements every year. Thank you for providing students with many opportunities to prosper and receive an excellent education. Congratulations on a successful 20 years!

    — Eddie Garcia

  • Dr. and Mrs. Hitt, congratulations on your 20 years of service to our university! The growth both in quantity and quality can no doubt be attributed to your hard work and unwavering dedication. Your passionate commitment to the students, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as the citizens of the greater Orlando area, is evident in all that you do. At events, it has always amazed me how you make each individual feel important and vital to the community. By empowering all you come in contact with to contribute to UCF's success, the university will experience growth for years to come. On the President's Leadership Council, I have been overwhelmed by your hospitality and appreciation for those who serve and I hope that this anniversary allows you both to see how much your service is appreciated. UCF would not be the place it is today without your contribution and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are and all that you do.

    — Jamie Gregor

  • Dr. Hitt and Mrs. Hitt, thank you so much for the unbelievable work you have done here at UCF. Your unwavering dedication, innovative ideas, and determination have led this university to become one of the best in the nation. I first came to UCF when my sister first enrolled in 2003, and when I enrolled in 2008, I was able to tell the remarkable difference that had been made over that short period, and as a member of your PLC, I have been able to interact with the both of you and see first hand how remarkable your character is and the impact it has had on our institution. Thank you so so much for providing the opportunity of a lifetime for so many students, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for UCF under your continued leadership!

    — Reggie Paros


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