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Record Group Number: 000451
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Creator: University of South Florida.
Title, Dates: University of South Florida record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The University of South Florida is located in Tampa, Florida. The institution was the first American university created wholly in the twentieth century.  The university is part of the State University system which is part of the Division of Universities in the Department of Education.  USF traces its orgins to 1954 when the Florida Board of Control (Ch. 5384, Laws of Florida), precursor of the Board of Regents (Ch. 63-204; Ch. 65-138, Laws), initiated a comprehensive study of the state's higher education needs.  The subsequent report convinced the State Board of Education that projected growth along Florida's west coast necessitated an additional university.
    Land for a campus was secured in Hillsborough county and, in early 1957, Governor LeRoy Collins presided over a ceremony announcing the newly named University of South Florida.  Dr. John S. Allen, then vice-president of the University of Florida, was appointed first president of the school.  In 1965 a branch campus was established on Bayboro Harbor in nearby St. Petersburg, and by 1974 the University began offering classes in Fort Myers and Sarasota.  In 1986 a new education technology facility opened in Lakeland.
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