UNF holds celebration to officially welcome Dr. Moez Limayem as new president

UNF President Dr. Moez Limayem.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida on Friday held the inauguration of Dr. Moez Limayem as the University’s seventh president.

Limayem joined UNF on Aug. 1, 2022 and has “quickly demonstrated commitment to student success, worked to open doors, enhance resources and create valuable experiences for the UNF community,” a release stated.

Limayem promised to spend the beginning of his tenure as a good listener. He said that’s a big reason why the investiture hasn’t happened until now.

“I really wanted to take again, a few months, to know a little bit more about the university, know the challenges, but also work with the great team that we have to start developing a vision for the future,” he said. “So the investiture, the inauguration, is yes, it’s a celebration for the entire UNF community, for the Jacksonville community, but also, for us to re-energize everyone and tell them about the very bright future for this university.”

While the University of Florida just reached an agreement to expand with a satellite campus in downtown Jacksonville, and while Jacksonville University has already invested heavily in areas like healthcare sciences, Limayem said UNF has a great opportunity as a collaborator and pointed to FSCJ and Edward Waters University.

“We’re ready to collaborate with UF. We want all of these programs to be additive, not duplicative because there is a need,” he said.

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