Educator: ‘Life isn't about me, life is about others'

First female Florida college president paved way for others

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local legend with a national reputation is about to mark yet another achievement to her long and impressive career.

Former Jacksonville University president, Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, 98, is an inspiration to so many people and this Saturday, she will be the oldest person to deliver a commencement speech at a University.

As the first woman to serve as president at a Florida college, Dr. Frances Bertlett Kinne, 98, was also the first women in the world to serve as a College of Fine Arts Dean. She played a crucial role in putting JU on a path of distinction.

“Life isn’t about me, life is about others,” Kinne said.

On Saturday, she promises that students can expect to receive a powerful message on gratitude, positive thinking, perseverance and lots more.

“What is it that you do that nobody else can do, you may have found it already, you may have not,” said Kinne. “But it’s exciting because then you look for it and you find out.”

Kinne has dedicated her life to helping elevate the lives of others. However, her students are who she’s most proud of. 

“I’m impossible when it comes to my students, I’m so proud of them,” Kinne shared.

She has paved the way for so many others but, Kinne says one thing that keeps her young at heart is staying positive.

“You may live for 10 year longer if you’re a positive thinker,” Kinne said. “Of course I’m already on the 10 years.”

News4Jax.com will have a link to this Saturday’s commencement ceremony. As well as it will be streamed live on the school’s website at http://www.ju.edu/commencement.