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About Direct Support Organizations

UCF’s eight direct support organizations (DSOs) are created to solely serve the best interests of the university and the State. UCF DSOs provide an important university operation such as partner with the university to fundraise, support research, provide needed facilities and enhance public-private partnerships. DSO operations are directly aligned with the university’s strategic research, education, and service missions, and are overseen by the UCF Board of Trustees (BOT) and the Florida Board of Governors who regulate and monitor DSOs. Each DSO is also overseen by a BOT appointed university vice president. Each DSO is a Florida not-for-profit, federally tax-exempt corporation and a direct support organization of UCF under Florida law. Each DSO provides equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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UCF Academic Health, Inc. (UCFAH) supports medical education, research, and patient care through the planning and development of clinical initiatives and affiliated partnerships.  Its board of directors is chaired by the VP for Health Affairs. UCFAH is partnered with HCA in initiatives that include the development of the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center (Hospital) adjacent to the UCF Health Sciences Campus.  In addition, UCFAH also leases from UCF space in the UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center, which it has sublet to private partner/tenants.

UCF Athletics Association, through its own employees, manages UCF’s intercollegiate athletics including oversight of personnel, budgets, debt, NCAA compliance, and recruiting. The Association’s chief executive officer is the University’s VP and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, who reports directly to the UCF President who serves as the chair of the board.

UCF Convocation Corporation financed the 10,000-seat Addition Financial Arena, a renovated venue, four student housing residence halls, and two parking garages, as well as retail space known as Knights Plaza.  These facilities are owned by the university.  The corporation’s revenue covers debt service and operation of the facilities.

UCF Finance Corporation financed the Burnett Biomedical Sciences building, College of Medicine Medical Education building, and the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons at UCF Downtown. Although the corporation oversees the management of the facilities and an overall budget of $18.4 million, it has no operations responsibility.

Led by a volunteer board of directors as well as a CEO and VP for Advancement, the UCF Foundation, Inc. works with donors to help maximize the impact of gifts. Donations fund student scholarships, invest in faculty excellence, construct facilities, and expand important programs.

Limbitless Solutions Inc. researches, designs, creates, and delivers mechanical and electronic advancements in disability technology; infuses engineering with artistic design; promotes access and engagement in STEM/STEAM education; and partners with third parties to facilitate research and innovations in related areas.

UCF Research Foundation, Inc.

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UCF Research Foundation

In collaboration with the Office of Research, UCF Research Foundation, Inc. provides research-support solutions designed to foster world-class research and partnerships in order to help the university reach international prominence.

Formerly known as the Golden Knights Corporation, the UCF Stadium Corporation financed the university-owned Spectrum Stadium and Wayne Densch Sports Center. The construction debt is serviced by stadium events and other revenues pledged by the Association. The corporation manages an overall budget of $3.9 million.