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The University of Tampa (UT) is a private co-educational university in Downtown Tampa, Florida, United States. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. UT offers more than 200 programs of study, including 14 master’s degrees and a broad variety of majors, minors, pre-professional programs, and certificates.
Plant Hall, UT’s central building, once housed the Tampa Bay Hotel, a resort built by Henry B. Plant in 1891, and the Moorish minarets atop the distinctive structure have long been seen as an “iconic symbol” of Tampa
Frederic H. Spaulding, the former principal of Tampa’s Hillsborough High School, founded the private Tampa Junior College in 1931 to serve as one of the first institutions of higher education in the Tampa Bay area. In 1933, the school moved to its current location, the then-defunct Tampa Bay Hotel. The former resort had been opened in 1891 by Florida railroad magnate Henry B. Plant but closed due to a significant downturn in tourism with the coming of the Great Depression. The main hotel building covers about 6 acres of land and once held over 500 guest rooms. With the move to a much larger facility, Spaulding decided to expand the scope of the school. Tampa Junior College became the University of Tampa, and the hotel’s main building was renamed Plant Hall.
In 1941, the city of Tampa signed a 99-year lease on the former hotel with the school for a dollar a year. The lease excluded the southeast wing of the former hotel to allow for the housing of the Henry B. Plant Museum.
The university grew slowly over the next few decades, becoming a well-respected institution of learning that predominately served students from the greater Tampa Bay area. In 1951, the university received full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
While the University of Tampa succeeded academically, it faced intermittent financial difficulties for much of its history. These problems first surfaced in the mid-1930s, when the deepening Great Depression decreased enrollment and strained the new school’s ability to educate students while maintaining the large Plant Hall and gradually converting hotel rooms into classrooms and offices.[ Another crisis several decades later forced a 1974 decision to fold the successful University of Tampa Spartans football program because the school could no longer afford the cost of competing in NCAA Division I-A football.
In 1986, local businessman Bruce Samson dropped out of Tampa’s mayoral campaign to become UT’s president, a position he was offered due in part to his background in banking and finance.Samson successfully eliminated the school’s $1.4 million annual budget deficit through “hardnosed” decisions, including withdrawing from all NCAA Division I sports. However, after he left in 1991 to return to private business, the school again fell into financial difficulties. Declining enrollment led to the return of serious budget deficits, leading to serious cuts to faculty positions and academic programs. UT faced an uncertain future, and some local leaders suggested that the cross-town public University of South Florida should take over operations of the long-time private school.
In 1995, the Board of Trustees elected Ronald L. Vaughn, then dean of UT’s College of Business, as the school’s new president. His initial efforts were aimed at bringing the campus up-to-date with new dorms and a major renovation to the business school. Dr. Vaughn also launched the “Take UT to the Top” campaign with the goal of raising $70 million in 10 years and restoring the University’s endowment. The campaign raised $83 million, and later observers credit this very successful drive with saving and modernizing the university. Two important contributions came from the John H. Sykes family of Tampa – a gift of $10 million in 1997 and another donation of $28 million in 2000, which was thought to be the largest such gift to a Florida university at the time.
The additional funds were used to purchase new land and to implement a faster-paced building program; over $575 million in construction has been completed on campus since 1998 The university has also hired additional faculty, permitting the school to expand its student population while maintaining a 17:1 student-faculty ratio. For his efforts in rescuing the university and increasing enrollment, Vaughn has a salary that is in the top 10 of mid-sized, private institutions
UT has about 50 computer labs and wireless Internet access across campus. The Sykes College of Business, in addition to housing a computer lab, has a stock market lab, equipped with terminals and plasma screen TVs for teaching finance majors the intricacies of the stock market. The College of Natural and Health Sciences maintains a remote marine science research center on Tampa Bay with extensive equipment including research vessels used by students and faculty for studying the ecosystems of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Macdonald-Kelce Library houses more than 275,000 books and 65,181 periodicals, as well as online research databases, a computer lab, study rooms and special collections, including Florida military materials, old and rare books, and local history and UT archives. The library also offers reference assistance and bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loans and reserve materials.
For student recreation there is a new Fitness and Recreation Center, a two-floor, 60,000 square foot space featuring six exercise rooms, including indoor cycling, functional training and yoga. There is also an on-campus aquatic center, the pool has a deep swimming section for scuba classes; it is open to students at limited times. UT offers sand volleyball courts, outdoor basketball courts, a fully equipped intramural sports gym with indoor courts, intramural softball fields, tennis courts, a ropes course, a soccer field, a running track, intramural baseball fields, a multi-use intramural field and a fully equipped workout center
UT’s theater department hosts student produced and acted plays across Kennedy Boulevard in the historic Falk Theatre. Falk also hosts large academic gatherings, student productions and concerts. In 2003 Falk Theatre was featured as a setting in the film The Punisher.
The non-denominational Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values includes a 250-seat main hall, meeting and meditation rooms, pipe organ by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, a plaza and 60-bell musical sculpture/fountain.
The Bob Martinez Athletics Center received substantial upgrades during recent improvements throughout the university.
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