Governor gives Business Ambassador Award to Machen
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — During a reception at the Florida Governorâ€™s Mansion, hosted by Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott last week, University of Florida President Bernie Machen received the Governorâ€™s Business Ambassador Award for leading UF toward being a top-10 institution of higher education and educating Floridaâ€™s future workforce.
â€śBecause of the decisions we made to get our stateâ€™s economy on track over the last two years, we can now make smart investments like $15 million to support the University of Floridaâ€™s continued pursuit of excellence,” Scott said. “I applaud Dr. Machen and the University of Florida for helping Florida families get a great education, and ultimately, pursue a rewarding career.â€ť
During his time at UF, Machen has strengthened the universityâ€™s three core missions of teaching, research and service â€“ while developing a fourth mission of economic development. His tenure includes growth in the annual research funding from $470 million in 2003-2004 to $644 million in the current fiscal year, more than 2.8 million square feet in new construction on campus, and completion of UFâ€™s $1.7 billion capital campaign.