Partnership power in action
UCF's strong emphasis on joining forces with allies to create innovative programs, build faciilties, spur new businesses and jobs, and solve problems makes UCF a vital force for progress in Central Florida and beyond. See the slideshow!
UCF College of Medicine on the rise
The UCF College of Medicine, which anchors the Medical City at Lake Nona, originated through an array of collaborative efforts beween UCF, private businesses, and state and local governments. The charter class graduated debt-free in 2013.
Medical City offers hope for health advances, job growth
The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is part of a leading-edge Medical City at Lake Nona spawned by UCF with the Tavistock Group, other businesses, and state and local governments. Billions in economic impact are ahead.
Florida High Tech Corridor Council fuels state's innovation economy
President Hitt originated the idea for a Florida high-tech corridor that matches top talent from UCF and the universities of Florida and South Florida with companies in 23 Florida counties to create high-tech jobs and expand student opportunities.

DirectConnect to UCF assures access to four-year degrees
Graduates of nearby state colleges Eastern Florida, Lake Sumter, Seminole, and Valencia are guaranteed admission to UCF through DirectConnect, a national model alliance that involves shared facilities, personnel, and planning.

Special partnership buildings for UCF and country
UCF shares three partnership buildings with the U.S. Department of Defense in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to campus. UCF professors and students work with the DOD on various modeling, simulation, and other related projects.
UCF and Junior Achievement: A dynamic duo
Junior Achievement cites UCF as its strogest university supporter in the world, with thousands of UCF students engaged in service learning with thousands of Junior Achievement students over the years in four Central Florida counties.
Growing high-tech companies
UCF partners with local governments throughout Central Florida to grow high-tech businesses as part of its nationally award winning Business Incubation Program that has helped 300-plus emerging companies to begin or expand.
Game on at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy
UCF, the City of Orlando, video game maker Electronic Arts, and state government created a top video game design program in 2005 that has produced 360 graduates employed by 124 companies. Starting salaries exceed $50,000.
UCF: A partnership university from the start

President Hitt made partnerships a core business practice of UCF, but a landmark partnership solidified the future of the university before the school had a campus – or a name.

On June 10, 1963, the state created a new university for Central Florida. In 1964, the yet-to-be named institution had a preferred future location. However, neither the Legislature nor the governor wanted to pay for the site, and Orange County government leaders had no legal way of purchasing the property. The land being offered for sale was in danger of slipping away, which would have been a devastating setback.

At that crucial time, 89 local leaders and their families took extraordinary action that would define the future. They pledged nearly $1 million with their own cash, securities, and promissory notes to secure the site for their new hometown university – the site of UCF’s main campus today.

Those who put money down had no guarantee of repayment, and they stood to lose their investment should the new university fail.

Ultimately, Orange County commissioners supported a tax to pay for the land, which was donated to the state. Yet, it would take nearly four years for those courageous supporters to be repaid.

They became known as the "Founding Subscribers" of UCF. If not for the partnership of the Founding Subscribers and the county leaders who did their part, today’s UCF might be a very different institution – at a different place.


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President-Elect Dale Whittaker outlines transition plans

Dr. Dale Whittaker, UCF president-elect and executive vice president, will succeed UCF President John Hitt on July 1. Learn more about President-Elect Whittaker's plans and aspirations for America's Partnership University as he prepares to become UCF's 5th president. Also, see the full story about Dr. Whittaker's appointment and learn more about UCF's next president.