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In fewer than 20 years, FGCU has made an indelible impact on Southwest Florida. We are a catalyst for the area’s economy and a cultural hub for the community. Our students enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates among the state’s universities. Learn more about the amazing moments and accolades our university has celebrated during the past 20 years.

The Beginning

1991 - 1996

The Beginning

1991 - 1996

1997

1997
PULLING OFF A MIRACLE

“I thank the founding faculty and staff, our advisory councils, and the leadership from the Legislature, county commissions and citizens...

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1998

1998
DIPLOMATIC MILESTONE

“As the community recognized the benefits of having a local university, enrollment by traditional students soared, leading to a need...

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1999

1999
NEW LEADERSHIP

“With all the big universities in Florida, we had 3,000 students, eight buildings, 29 academic degrees, no athletics … no research. I...

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2000

2000
LET THE GAMES BEGIN

“I could have never imagined the success we have had in such a short time. The (Athletics) department has undergone...

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2001

2001
TRUSTEES EMPOWERED

“The best that students can get in the state of Florida is here at FGCU. If I were to do...

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2002

2002
TEACHER OF THE YEAR

“I have an outstanding Small Business Development Center staff and team who all really respond to the needs of our...

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2003

2003
ARTS AND ECOLOGY ABOUND

“External support plays a critical role in determining the degree of excellence held by a public university like FGCU. This...

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2004

2004
EAGLES ALUMNI UNITE

“There could not be a better opportunity for someone who is passionate about educating undergraduate engineers than the one here...

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2005

2005
MAYA’S MESSAGE

“Southwest Florida’s business community is greatly enhanced by the presence of Florida Gulf Coast University and its dynamic College of...

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2006

2006
MIKHAIL’S MESSAGE

“The Atlantic Sun Conference member institutions are widely recognized for their commitment to quality and for challenging their student athletes...

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2007

2007
10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

“Dr. Bradshaw has an extraordinary amount of energy. He has the emotional energy, the experience and the vision to lead...

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2008

2008
HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

“As Florida Gulf Coast University begins its second decade full of excitement and promise, we will reaffirm our commitment to...

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2009

2009
EAGLES ESCAPE

“Through music instruction, performance, community service and outreach, the Bower School of Music enhances the cultural offerings and improves the...

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2010

2010
EXPANDING REGIONAL REACH

“FGCU is the epicenter of community life, culturally and educationally. The University has done so much for the community. There...

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2011

2011
Unleashing Human Potential

“Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 is light years ahead of where it would be today without the leadership of...

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2012

2012
LOVING LEGACY

“FGCU fits the bill for my gifting in several ways. It is actively growing and forward-looking in its curricula. Its...

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2013

2013
HOW SWEET IT IS

“I want to thank FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw, Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh, the Eagles’ administration and the fans for their unwavering...

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2014

2014
FACULTY AND FUNDRAISING

“Three years from now, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Florida Gulf Coast University, and with your help we...

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2015

2015
PARTNERSHIP AND PROSPERITY

“Partnerships are first and foremost about understanding how the university community of faculty, staff and students can be of service...

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2016

2016
TRIUMPH AND TRANSITION

The biggest story in 2016 was that the University started the search for its fourth president with the pending retirement...

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2017

2017
TO THE FUTURE AND BEYOND

  2017 is a story to be told. Before we tell it, take a moment to look back…

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The Future

2017 - Beyond

The Future

2017 - Beyond