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Coordinates: 28°03′42″N 82°24′48″W 28.0615665, -82.4132216


University of South Florida

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      • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida, United States of America
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      • 813-974-3350
      • 813-947-9689 (fax)
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USF was founded in 1956, though it was not even named until the next year and classes didn't commence until 1960. Some of the original proposed names included "Citrus State University", "Sunshine State University," "The University of the Western Hemisphere," "Ponce de Leon University," "Flamerica University," and "The University of Florida at Temple Terrace." Former US Representative Sam Gibbons was instrumental in the school's creation when he was a state representative and is considered by many to essentially be the school's founder. It was built on the site of Henderson Air Field, a World War II airstrip. Although located in west-central Florida, at the time of establishment USF was the southernmost public university in the State of Florida, a geographic situation that lent USF its sometimes confusing name. [1]

The university first grew under the leadership of John Allen, who was the president from 1957 until 1970. During this time, the university expanded rapidly, due in part to the first graduate degree programs commencing in 1964. Allen elected to resign and retire in 1970. Today, the main administration complex is called The John and Grace Allen Center, named after him and his wife. [1]

USF is also one of three public universities in the State (with the University of Florida and Florida State University) to have received first-tier research university status by the Carnegie Foundation, a mission first started by former USF president Betty Castor in the 1990s.[11][citation needed] As such, the university takes great pride in advancing its position as a research university in promotional advertisements and brochures. USF emerged as a major research institution during the 1980s under the presidency of John Lott Brown, Ph.D. President Brown appointed scholarly administrators such as Jim Strange, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Letters, and Andor Szentivanyi, Dean of Medicine. Two university hospitals, The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Psychiatry Center, as well as the college of public health were built during Brown's presidency. [1]

USF is considered one of the top universities in Florida, being named a first-tier research university in 1998, and named a "research flagship school" along with the University of Florida and Florida State University by Governor Charlie Crist in 2007.[citation needed] In addition to a heightened emphasis on research and academia, the university played its first football game in 1997. Its marching band, the Herd of Thunder formed in 1999. [1]

USF's Fiftieth anniversary was in 2006. Part of the celebration year were numerous special events, announced plans for a bigger student union and guest lecturers such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Fernando Chavez, Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard), and conservative author Ann Coulter, all part of the University Lecture Series. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) has brought comedians Monique, Dane Cook and Bruce Bruce among others. CAB has continued and begun new traditions such as the Yacht Party, Winter Wonderland and Movies on the Lawn. [1]

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