At a Gator Days reception hosted by Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott, University of Florida President Dr. Bernie Machen was presented with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. Machen was given the award at the Governor’s Mansion for leading UF toward being a top-10 institution of higher education and educating Florida’s future workforce.
“Because of the decisions we made to get our state’s economy on track over the last two years, we can now make smart investments like $15 million to support the University of Florida’s continued pursuit of excellence,” Scott said. “I applaud Dr. Machen and the University of Florida for helping Florida families get a great education, and ultimately, pursue a rewarding career.”
According to a statement from Scott’s office:
Dr. Machen is the 11th president of the University of Florida. During his time at the University, Dr. Machen has strengthened the university’s three core missions of teaching, research and service – while developing a fourth mission of economic development. His tenure includes growth in the annual research funding from $470 million in 2003-2004 to $644 million in the current fiscal year, more than 2.8 million square feet in new construction on campus, and completion of UF’s $1.7 billion capital campaign.
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