UF Named Facilities


Ralph D. Turlington Hall


Ralph D. Turlington has a lifelong close association with the University of Florida. His father was for many years a faculty member and department head in the College of Agriculture. Ralph graduated from the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and received his BSBA degree with honors. He taught three years on the faculty of the Warrington College of Business. As a student he was active in student affairs - elected member of the Student Council and Business Manager of The Alligator. He was a member of Florida Blue Key. He received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Award in 1968.

Ralph is a MBA graduate of Harvard University and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Ralph was elected to the Florida House of Representatives serving with distinction twelve terms. He was voted by his colleagues and the Florida Press, one or more times, as Most Effective Member, Most Effective in Debate and Effective in Committee. He received the St. Petersburg Times Award in 1965 as the Most Valuable Member of the House. He was elected speaker in 1967 and presided over the 1968 General Constitution Revision Session. Ralph was always active in a wide variety of general legislation and was most heavily involved in improving education at all levels.

He was elected Commissioner of Education three times, serving from 1974-1986.

Facility History

Opened in 1977, Turlington Hall houses most of the administrative offices for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This building also contains classrooms, teaching auditoriums and faculty offices. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the University of Florida's largest college and offers majors in the social, biological, physical sciences, mathematics and humanities fields.

Turlington is home to the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) that provides resources, technical assistance and equipment to assist UF faculty, staff and students. The Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) promotes the use of technology in instruction providing one-on-one training, classroom instruction and individual consultation.

Adjacent to Turlington Hall is Rolfs Hall and the Turlington Hall Courtyard. The courtyard is a popular between-class meeting place for students.

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