UF Named Facilities
For 39 years, William E. Elmore worked for the University. For 39 years, he inspired passion with his devotion to the University. For 39 years, he exemplified honesty and integrity to those who knew him. And behind the gruff voice, quiet smile and sparkling eyes was a gentle, loving and warm heart with an unwavering dedication to the University of Florida. This hometown boy from High Springs made a career out of running a university and never tired of cheering for her successes.
Perhaps his leadership grew from his position as U.S. Army Captain from 1943 - 1946, a position he held after graduating from the Citadel. His knowledge of accounting and administrative affairs certainly grew from his studies at the Institute of Business Accounting and the Emory University Law School. But his true contribution to the university was the fair and steadfast approach he cultivated as UF's chief fiscal and business officer and business advisor to the president. The 1,500 UF employees, maintenance and security camps under his command knew their leader didn't falter. Calling himself a "tide watcher," Elmore knew the ebb and flow of administrative affairs and kept the lights on, lawns cut and books balanced throughout the many changes at the University. Each year, the fiscal environment grew more complex, but Elmore kept the wheels turning smoothly, humming quietly in the background.
An honorary Gator Letterman, President of the Athletic Association, member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and UF Alumni Association, Elmore received a "Distinguished Alumnus" award from the Florida Blue Key and was twice honored with the Student Government award for "Most Outstanding Contribution."
The Knighthood of the Royal Swedish Order of the North Star was given to Elmore by the King of Sweden in 1977 for his contribution to a project in quantum sciences. He was a member of Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, chairman of the Florida Student Financial Assistance Commission and the only Floridian on the council for the United Student Aid Fund. His commitment to his community was reflected as Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church, President and Vice President of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sun Bank of Gainesville. But Elmore's true calling was as the Vice President of Business Affairs at the University of Florida.
Husband and father, Bill was a man who lived and laughed, creating a world of warmth and humor in his personal and professional life. His greatest gift to the University and his community was the loyalty and love he created and fostered among all those who knew him. And for 39 years, the University flourished under his watchful eye.
Elmore Hall for Administrative Services was named for William Elmore.