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Coordinates: 25°43′18″N 80°16′45″W 25.721644, -80.279267


University of Miami

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      • Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America
    • Telephone Numbers: 305-284-2211
    • Official Website: [1]
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The University of Miami was chartered in 1925, but didn't begin in earnest until 1926 when George E. Merrick gifted 160 acres (0.6 km²) and nearly $4 million dollars to the University. The University underwent a series of misfortunes, including the 1926 Florida land-bust, the 1926 Miami Hurricane (UM's namesake), and the Great Depression of 1929. The construction of the first building on campus, now known as the Merrick Building, was put on hold for over two decades due to economic hard times. In the meantime, classes were held at the nearby Anastasia Hotel, with partitions separating classrooms, giving the University the nickname of "Cardboard College". The University survived early turmoil during the leadership of its first president Bowman Foster Ashe (1926-1952). His Administration overcame bankruptcy, a reorganization and World War II. During his presidency, the University added the School of Law (1928), the School of Business Administration (1929), the School of Education (1929), the Graduate School (1941), the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (1943), the School of Engineering (1947), and the School of Medicine (1952). [1]

One of Ashe's longtime assistants, Jay F. W. Pearson, assumed the presidency in 1952. A charter faculty member and a marine biologist by trade, Pearson ushered in a decade of unprecedented growth for the University. Enrollment increased by more than 4,000 during his tenure, which ended in 1962. [1]

Henry King Stanford became Miami's 3rd president in 1962. The Stanford presidency saw increased emphasis on research, reorganization of administrative structure and construction of new facilities. Among the new research centers established were the Center for Advanced International Studies (1964), the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Evolution (1964), the Center for Theoretical Studies (1965), and the Institute for the Study of Aging (1975). [1]

In 1981, Edward T. Foote II became the school's 4th president. Under Foote's leadership, the university was elected to the nation's most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, and on campus student housing was converted into a system of residential colleges. [1]

In addition, president Foote initiated a five year $400 million "Campaign for the University of Miami" that began in 1984 and surpassed its goal with a $517.5 million dollar commitment. [1]

Foote was succeeded by Donna Shalala, who assumed the presidency in 2001. Shalala served in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993-2001. In 2003, Shalala announced "Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami," the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school's history. [1]

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    • Chappell, Crissa M. (January 2001 - January 2003)

2 Pruessman, Donald Richard (September 1959 - June 1964) 3 Williams, Michael D (September 1997 - September 1999)


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