The UCF Library celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dr. John C. Hitt as president with a special exhibit that runs through April.
The exhibit, “John C. Hitt: Twenty Years of Leadership,” offers pictures, postcards, awards, placards, signed sporting goods, and other memorabilia that highlight the two-decade tenure of the president and UCF First Lady Martha Hitt.
The display, assembled by UCF’s Office of Constituent Relations, chronicles notable milestones since the Hitts arrived at UCF on March 1, 1992. Those landmarks include the openings of major campus facilities, such as the Student Union and Bright House Stadium; the founding of the UCF College of Medicine and the medical city at Lake Nona; and various achievements by UCF athletic teams.
The glass-enclosed display is on the second floor of the library near the second help desk and the elevators. It is viewable during normal library business hours on weekdays and weekends through April 30.
The Hitts’ service at the university coincides with the rise of UCF as one of America’s great success stories in higher education.
In 1992, when the Hitts began at UCF, the university ranked 115th nationally in enrollment and fifth among state universities. Today, UCF is America’s second-largest university and the largest in Florida. More importantly, UCF has made major gains in the quality of its students, faculty members and programs, gaining national distinction on many fronts as a major metropolitan research university. UCF has also become a vital force in creating jobs and enhancing the quality of life throughout Central Florida.
President Hitt, UCF’s fourth president, is currently the longest-serving leader among Florida’s 11 state universities. He recently signed a five-year contract extension.