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Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Marshall M. Criser, Jr.)

Identifier: Series P19

Scope and Content

Series P19 contains the administrative records of Marshall M. Criser, Jr., eighth president of the University of Florida. Documented in the series are the University's entrance into the Association of American Universities, Criser's work with the Florida Board of Regents and the Council of Presidents, and the Eminent Scholars Program. Of particular note are the extensive files on the athletic program including the NCAA investigation of the football team, but also the expansion of women's sports. The series documents Criser's efforts in the area of capital development, including files on the first Capital Campaign. As in other presidential series, the academic colleges are covered extensively. Criser's involvement in students affairs is also present. Boxes 108-109 contain Criser's speeches, including a few made prior to and after his presidency.


  • 1981-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1984-1989



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Biographical/Historical Note

Marshall M. Criser, Jr. was President of the University of Florida from 1984 to 1989. Criser was born in New Jersey in 1928, and moved with his family to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1941. He attended UF and earned his Bachelor's degree in 1949 and a law degree in 1951. While a student at UF he was president of the Sigma Nu fraternity chapter, president of Florida Blue Key, business manager of the yearbook, and homecoming chair. After graduating with his law degree, Criser served in the U.S. Army for two years and then began practicing law in West Palm Beach. In 1984, Criser left his legal practice in Palm Beach County to serve as President of UF from 1984 to 1989. Previously, Criser served on the Florida Board of Regents and as President of the Florida Bar Association. He also served as founding chair of UF Board of Trustees. Criser's chief accomplishment as university president was the establishment of the first Capital Campaign. He also oversaw Florida's entrance into the Association of Americam Universities. Scandals in the football program, however, plagued his administration. He resigned in March 1988 and resumed his law practice.


45.25 Linear feet (109 boxes)

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Administrative records of Marshall M. Criser, eighth president of the University of Florida.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Marshall M. Criser, Jr.)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America