On June 10, 1963 Governor Farris Bryant signed into law a bill authorizing the establishment
of a state university in east central Florida. Thus, UCF was born. The story of the University
of Central Florida reflects the story of the Central Florida area - dynamic growth and progress,
economic diversification, and … “Promise to Prominence.”
Throughout the months of September and October 2003, the UCF Library celebrated UCF’s 40th Anniversary
with a series of exhibits located on the Library’s main floor and in the Special Collections
& University Archives. Exhibits highlighted University “firsts” and the history of various departments,
faculty, staff and students contributing to UCF’s growth and progress. The main exhibit,
Promise to Prominence, Celebrating 40 Years: The Changing Face of the University of Central
Florida examined the phenomenal growth and change of the university campus throughout the
last forty years and ended with a look at where the University is headed in the near future.
Mascot Exhibit Case
Section from the Changing Face of the University
of Central Florida display
UCF's 40th anniversary celebration also included a ceremony honoring the University's first
president, Charles Millican. The event, held on December 1, 2003, commemorated the 38th
anniversary of Millican's first day of work for what was then FTU - Florida Technological University.
Photo: Jerry Klein
Millican was president of the university from 1965-1978. When he arrived, the university
had no buildings, students or staff. Millican worked out of a temporary office at Church
Street and Orange Avenue.