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Florida State University

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Florida State University traces its origins to a plan set by the 1823 Territorial Legislature of Florida to create a system of higher education. The 1838 Florida Constitution codified the basic system by providing for land allocated for the schools.[19] In 1851 the Florida Legislature established two seminaries of higher education on opposite banks of the Suwannee River.[20] Francis W. Eppes and other city leaders established an all-male academy called the Florida Institute in Tallahassee as a legislative inducement to locate the West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee.[21] The eastern seminary, located in Ocala, FL, was established in 1853 but closed during the American Civil War. It reopened in 1866 in Gainesville, FL and would eventually be combined with other schools to form what would be called the University of Florida in 1906.[1]

By the turn of the century, the seminary increasingly focused on post-secondary education and became the first liberal arts college in Florida after it was reorganized into the Florida State College with four departments (the College, the College Academy, the School for Teachers and the School of Music) in 1901.[20] The 1905 Buckman Act, named after Henry Holland Buckman, reorganized the Florida college system into a school for Caucasian males, a school for Caucasian females (Florida State College for Women), and a school for African Americans.[30] By 1933 the Florida State College for Women had grown to be the third largest women’s college in the United States and was the first state women's college in the South to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the first university in Florida so honored.[1]

The influx of G.I. Bill students after World War II stressed the state university system to the point that a Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida (TBUF) was opened on the campus of the Florida State College for Women and the men were housed in barracks on Dale Mabry Field.[20][33] By 1947 the Florida Legislature returned the FSCW to coeducational status and renamed the Florida State College for Women Florida State University.[34] The FSU West Campus land and barracks plus other areas continually used as an airport later became the location of the Tallahassee Community College.[1]

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    • Brabrook, Bill (January 1980 - Present)
    • Davis, John (January 1939 - Present)
    • Fletcher, Keith (June 1976 - June 1986)
    • Goodlove, Thomas Frank (January 1980 - Present)
    • Mason, Robert M. (August 1997 - Present)
    • Miller, Mark W. (June 1993 - Present)
    • Omotayo, Adekunle Festus (July 2002 - Present)
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