Meet the President


John C. Hitt

John C. Hitt, Ph.D.

• Graduated cum laude from Austin College
• Earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Tulane University
• Held academic, administrative, or executive positions at Tulane University, Texas Christian University, Bradley University, and the University of Maine
• Became the fourth president of the University of Central Florida on March 1, 1992
• Married to Martha Hitt and has two children and two grandchildren



BOT Chair Rick Walsh

Recent Awards and Achievements

• Received the 2008 Junior Achievement
Spirit of Achievement Award
• Consistently listed among the Orlando Sentinel's 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida and Orlando Magazine's 50 Most Powerful People
• Received the 2007 Seminole County Lifetime Achievement Award
• Received the 2006 Orlando Business Journal Legacy Award
• Named the 2005 Orlando Sentinel Central Floridian of the Year

Local, Regional, and State Community Involvement Highlights


• Member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Fundraising Campaign leadership cabinet
• Member, vice chair, and chair-elect of the Conference USA Board of Directors
• Member of the Council of 100
• Founder of the Florida High-Tech Corridor Council
• Chair of the Governor's Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance
• Member of the Florida Distance Learning Task Force
• Member of the Orange County Chairman's Transportation Commission
• Co-Chair of the Orange County Underage Drinking Task Force


Homecoming Parade