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The Beginning

1991

1991
NEW UNIVERSITY RECOMMENDED

In January, the Florida Board of Regents recommends Florida’s 10th state university be built in Southwest Florida, and Gov. Lawton...

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1992

1992
SITE SELECTED

The Board of Regents selects a 760-acre site donated by Ben Hill Griffin III and Alico, Inc., to build the...

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1993

1993
FIRST PRESIDENT NAMED

In April, Dr. Roy E. McTarnaghan is named founding president.

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1994

1994
NAME THAT UNIVERSITY

The Florida Legislature adopts a bill that officially names the new school Florida Gulf Coast University.

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1995

1995
TURN THE SHOVEL

More than 600 people participate in the official campus groundbreaking on Nov. 28.

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1996

1996
IT’S 26 DEGREES

The Board of Regents approves 26 inaugural degree programs.

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