Endowed Professorships & Chairs

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Fredric G. Levin College of Law

Marshall M. Criser Chair in Electronic Communications and Administrative Law

History

On Sept. 1, 1984, Marshall M. Criser became University of Florida's eighth president and the second Florida alumnus to serve as president. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1949 and a law degree in 1951. Criser's record of support for higher education and his excellent rapport with Florida alumni and Florida's business community made him an ideal presidential candidate.

Criser served in the U.S. Army after leaving UF and then practiced law in Palm Beach until 1984. He served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar from 1960 to 1969 and as president from 1968 to 1969. Governor Farris Bryant appointed Criser to the Florida Board of Regents in 1965. He was reappointed by Governor Ruben Askew in 1971 and served until 1981.

As president, Criser made the case for UF's membership in the Association of American Universities in 1985. In the fall of 1988, Criser inaugurated Florida's first comprehensive capital campaign. When the campaign ended in 1991, it had far exceeded its $250 million goal. Criser resigned in March 1989 and returned to his law practice. The student affairs complex was named the Marshall M. Criser Student Services Center in his honor. He was the founding chairman of the UF Board of Trustees. He resigned to become chairperson of the Scripps Florida Funding Corporation Board in 2003 at the request of Governor Jeb Bush.

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