Top University System Officails Eye UCF Project
By The News Service of Florida // January 8, 2015
project will 'energize downtown, redefine future'
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Members of the state university system’s Board of Governors and Chancellor Marshall Criser will get a tour next week of the proposed site of a downtown Orlando campus for the University of Central Florida.
The Jan. 15 tour comes as the Board of Governors prepares to decide during a meeting later in the month whether to endorse the UCF project.
Along with Criser, other people expected to take part in the tour include Board of Governors Chairman Mori Hosseini, UCF President John Hitt, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Valencia College President Sandy Shugart, according to Brittany Davis, a spokeswoman for the university system.
UCF and Valencia officials last year announced the proposed downtown campus, which Hitt described as a project that could “energize downtown and redefine its future.”
The project, however, will require state funding. The Orlando Sentinel reported in September that the campus could ultimately cost as much as $200 million.
The Board of Governors will meet Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and is expected to decide during that meeting whether to endorse the Orlando project.