Charles Millican, the University of Central Florida’s founding president, was honored Thursday, April 22, with the John Young History Maker Award.

Presented by the Historical Society of Central Florida, Walt Disney World and Central Florida News 13, the award is given each year to Central Floridians whose lifetimes of achievement have made a historic impact on the community. The award is named in honor of distinguished astronaut John Young.

Millican, considered the founding father of UCF, was chosen by the Florida Legislature in 1965 to help plan and build the university.

To read more about Millican’s award and a tribute to his late wife, Frances, from the UCF Alumni Association, click here.