News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Herrera (202) 478-4665


Hitt to Present Innovative Partnership Opportunities

Washington, D.C. – President of the University of Central Florida John C. Hitt will deliver the key President-to-Presidents lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in San Antonio, Texas.

The talk, Discovering Our Futures: the Power of Partnerships, will provide insights for developing innovative and mutually beneficial partnerships vital to delivering on institutional missions, driving economic growth and fulfilling stewardship roles. The strategies align institutional and community resources that fuel innovation, address community needs and add to fiscal stability in a time of state budget turmoil. Hitt will be speaking on the second day of the November 22-24 annual meeting of AASCU members, who enroll approximately 4 million students. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also speak at the conference. For a complete schedule, go to

Hitt became the fourth president of the University of Central Florida in 1992. Under his leadership, enrollment at UCF has more than doubled, the number of doctoral degrees awarded each year has increased sevenfold, and research funding has risen from $6.2 million to $121 million a year.

One of President Hitt’s greatest achievements was the approval by the Florida Board of Governors for the UCF College of Medicine, which led to the founding of the Lake Nona Medical City. This multi-billion dollar development includes new facilities for medical education, hospital care and biomedical research.

Hitt holds a B.A. in psychology from Austin College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Tulane University.


AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.