The request will now go before the Board of Governors for final approval.
“UCF is the nation’s partnership university and Dr. Hitt is indeed ‘America’s Partnership President,’” said Micky Grindstaff, Chair of the UCF Board of Trustees. “In appreciation of his 20 years of service to UCF, and in recognition of his achievements and unprecedented success, it is my pleasure to move that the university library — appropriately located in the heart of the Orlando campus — be forever named the John C. Hitt Library.”
The Board unanimously approved the motion.
On March 1, Hitt marked his 20th anniversary as president. He is currently the longest-serving president among Florida’s 11 state universities.
During Hitt’s tenure, enrollment has nearly tripled to exceed 58,500 students, making UCF Florida’s largest university and the second largest in the U.S. Typically, UCF sets new school records each year for the quality of its students, the number of transfer students it accepts from community and state colleges, and the number of degrees awarded.
U.S. News & World Report recently rated UCF as the nation’s No. 4 “up and coming” university, and the Carnegie Foundation designates UCF with its highest ranking as “a very high research institution.” Meanwhile, Hitt’s drive to establish UCF as America’s leading partnership university has made UCF synonymous with the progress and prosperity of Central Florida and the state.
In other action, the Board of Trustees: