The State University System of Florida (SUSF or SUS) is a system of twelve public universities in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2018, over 341,000 students were enrolled in Florida's state universities. Together with the Florida College System, which includes Florida's 28 community colleges and state colleges, it is part of Florida's system of public higher education. The system, headquartered in Tallahassee, is overseen by a chancellor and governed by the Florida Board of Governors.
|Type||Public University System|
|Chancellor||Marshall Criser III|
|Campus||12 member institutions|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
The Florida Board of Governors was created in 2003 to centralize the administration of the State University System of Florida. Previously, Florida's State University System had been governed by the Florida Board of Regents (1965–2001) and the Florida Board of Control (1905–1965).
History and governanceEdit
Prior to 1905, Florida's state institutions were governed by a Board of Education and even earlier variations thereof, reaching back to the Florida Constitution of 1838 wherein higher education and normal education was established, based on grants of land from the U.S. Congress. From 1905 to 1965, the few universities in the system were governed by the Florida Board of Control. The Board of Control was replaced by the Florida Board of Regents in 1965, to accommodate the growing university system. The Board of Regents governed until it was disbanded by the Florida Legislature in 2001, and its authority was divided between the Florida Board of Education (which was given some authority over all levels of public education in the state), and appointed university boards of trustees, which operated independently for each separate institution. In 2002, Floridians led by U.S. senator Bob Graham passed an amendment to the Florida Constitution establishing a new statewide governing body, the Florida Board of Governors.
In early 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a ban in Florida public universities on any diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, as well as any teaching of "critical race theory". This announcement came on the heels of similar changes being implemented in the Florida College System, and DeSantis appointing a new, right-wing majority to the New College of Florida board of trustees, most notably including Christopher Rufo.
|1954–1968||J. Broward Culpepper|
|1968–1975||Robert B. Mautz|
|1981–1985||Barbara W. Newell|
|1985–1998||Charles B. Reed|
|1998–2001||Adam W. Herbert|
|2001||Judy G. Hample|
|2003–2005||Debra D. Austin|
|2005–2009||Mark B. Rosenberg|
|2009–2013||Frank T. Brogan|
|2014–present||Marshall Criser III|
|State University System of Florida|
|Florida A&M University||Tallahassee||1887[a]||9,000|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||1961||30,155|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||1991||15,370|
|Florida International University||Miami||1965||56,732|
|Florida Polytechnic University||Lakeland||2012||1,563|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee||1851[a]||45,130|
|New College of Florida||Sarasota||1960 (Joined SUSF in 2001)||659|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||1963||70,406|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||1853[a]||61,112|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||1972||16,594|
|University of South Florida||Tampa||1956||44,322|
|University of West Florida||Pensacola||1963||13,317|
- In 1836, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of a University of Florida in the Florida Territory, to be located on lands reserved in both East and West Florida. In 1851, the Florida legislature voted to establish two seminaries of learning: West Florida Seminary (which later became Florida State University) and East Florida Seminary (which later became the University of Florida). In 1905, when the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in Florida, the three resulting state institutions (Florida, Florida State, and Florida A&M) all adopted 1905 as their founding date. In 1935 the Florida Board of Control changed the founding dates of Florida and Florida State to the years their predecessor Seminaries opened: 1853 and 1857, respectively. In 2000, Florida State declared 1851 to be its founding date, reflecting the date the legislature authorized both seminaries. Florida A&M later declared its founding date to be 1887 to reflect when its predecessor, the State Normal College for Colored Students, was founded.
|SUS Student Enrollment|
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