U of Central Florida president announces retirement, claims opening medical school was his greatest accomplishment

Orlando-based University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt, PhD, announced his intent to retire Tuesday after nearly 26 years at the helm of the institution.

His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018.

In an op-ed for UCF Today, Dr. Hitt wrote it is the "right time" for him to step down because the decision provides "the best opportunity for [the university's] momentum to continue" and that the "leadership team, including our trustees, vice presidents and deans, will continue turning big dreams into reality."

Dr. Hitt also formally announced his decision during a speech at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center Tuesday, WMFE News reports.

In his speech, Dr. Hitt said his greatest achievement during his tenure as president was getting approval for, and opening, the UCF College of Medicine in 2006, according to WMFE News.

To read Dr. Hitt's op-ed concerning his retirement, click here.

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