Dr. Judy Bense

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Two shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay off Emanuel Point, from Tristan de Luna’s 1559 fleet, now have state recognition through an historical marker dedicated Friday morning.

The Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Marker includes descriptive text in both English and Spanish.

Considered a major archeological find, the two ships that sank during a hurricane, about five weeks after landing on what’s now Santa Rosa Island, have yielded a treasure trove of information about 16th century colonial expeditions, life aboard ships and naval architecture.

The search for Judy Bense’s successor as President of the University of West Florida kicked off Monday with an open forum.

“As members of both the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts about what you’re looking for in our next university president,” said Search Committee Chairman Mort O’Sullivan, who gaveled the public forum into session after a closed-door meeting.

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The search has begun to find a replacement for University of West Florida President Judy Bense. 

They are very early in the process. The committee, led  by Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Mort O’Sullivan approved the hiring of Greenfield Asher as the advisory search firm on February 2. One of the first things they've been asked to do is participate and lead open interactions with all the parties involved with the university to get input on what they want in a new president.

Bob Barrett

  Community leaders gathered at the University of West Florida Tuesday morning for the announcement of a major gift to the school. Dr. Brendan Kelly, vice president for University Advancement at UWF, stood in the lobby of the College of Science and Engineering building at the school to announce a record gift for that department. Calling it a "turning point in the history of the university", he announced a $5 million gift to the College of Science and Engineering from Pensacola businessman Hal Marcus.

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In 1992, archeologists found the first remains of the shipwrecks of Don Tristan de Luna’s fleet on the bottom of Pensacola Bay. De Luna, of course, was the man who first settled what would become Pensacola. But the exact location of the settlement was always a mystery. Was is the operative word.

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"The first thing I'm going to talk about is our SACS reaffirmation. If we don't get re-accredited we're all out of work," said UWF  Florida President Dr. Judy Bense in opening her annual State of the University address before a crowd of a couple of hundred students, staff and faculty. SACS stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the organization that reaccredits the University of West Florida every 10 years.   

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The fall sports season gets underway this weekend at the University of West Florida. 

  Dave Scott, Athletic Director at the UWF says "Our fall sports have always been a very strong part of our program".  The five fall sports teams at the school were highlighted at a press conference this week. The men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volley ball teams were all in the spotlight as they spoke about their plans and hope for the coming season which gets under way this weekend.

University of West Florida president Judy Bense will remain in that office, through the end of next year.

The school’s Board of Trustees approved an 18-month extension of Bense’ contract during its meeting at the Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Mort O’Sullivan served as acting chairman.

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WUWF Received a copy of a memo sent to President Judy Bense dated February 6. The Faculty Senate is meeting this Friday, February 13. More information will be made available as it is received.

To:           President Judy Bense
CC:           UWF Board of Trustees

From:     Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Re:           University Park Project and UWF Financial Questions

Date:     February 6, 2014

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The  University of West Florida is giving its best students a quicker pathway to a law degree. On Wednesday they announced a new partnership with the FSU College of Law.

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that the University is partnering with Florida State University in a new "three plus three" law degree program. The program allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years between the two schools. Bense says the program will save students a year of college time and expense.

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The University of West Florida highlighted its successes and challenges Wednesday morning at its annual State of the University Ceremony.

After the presentation of the colors UWF music student Easton Ellenberg performed Edward MacDowell's March Wind to a standing room crowd at the UWF Commons Auditorium. It was the opening act to UWF President Dr. Judy Bense's 2014 state of the University speech.

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Science, engineering and football all got a boost Tuesday as the University of West Florida announced a major gift from a local family.  

UWF Partners With The Crestview Chamber

Jul 16, 2014
John Blackie

The City of Crestview has experienced steady growth in recent years, thanks in large part, to the addition of the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the Army’s 7th Special Forces. The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida and Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce are looking to build on that, by officially joining forces to help foster business growth in Okaloosa County’s north end.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The University of West Florida and Pensacola State College have announced an agreement to make getting a bachelor's degree easier on the panhandle.

Dr. Judy Bense, President of the University of West Florida was at Pensacola State College Monday morning to sign a new partnership agreement between to two schools. The program is called PSC -2- UWF...and it makes it much easier for a student to transfer from Pensacola State to the university to complete a bachelor's degree.

UWF College of Business

Some of the area’s top women executives will be participating in the University of West Florida College of Business inaugural “Women in Leadership” Conference. The event will be held this Friday afternoon, Feb. 7 in the UWF Conference Center.

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