UCF's President At-A-Glance

John C. Hitt

John C. Hitt, Ph.D.

• Graduated cum laude from Austin College in Texas
• 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 Honors

• Business Leader of the Year Award, i4 Business Magazine, 2016
• America‚Äôs 10 Most Innovative College Presidents, Washington Monthly, 2015
• The 100 Most Influential People in Florida Politics, Influence Magazine, 2015
• John Young History Maker Award, Historical Society of Central Florida, 2015
• Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame, National Center for Simulation, 2014
• Global Vision and Education Award, Nile Foundation, 2013
• Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement, 2013
• Consistently listed among the Orlando Sentinel's 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida and Orlando Magazine's 50 Most Powerful People
• Lifetime achievement award, Seminole County, 2007
• Legacy Award, inagural honoree, Orlando Business Journal, 2006
• Central Floridian of the Year, Orlando Sentinel, 2005

Local, State, and National Involvement Highlights

• Founding member, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities
• Member, national University Innovation Alliance
• Founder, Florida High-Tech Corridor Council
• Member, Council of Presidents, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
• Member, board of directors, NCAA Division I
• Member, board of directors, National Merit Scholarship Corporation
• Member, Florida Council of 100
• Member, board of directors, American Athletic Conference
• Co-chair, 2014 Greater Orlando Heart Walk, American Heart Association
• Member, board of directors, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
• Member, board of directors, Central Florida Partnership
• Member, board of directors, United Arts of Central Florida

Homecoming Parade