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Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Charles E. Young)

Identifier: Series P24

Scope and Content

This collection contains the administrative records of Charles E. Young, tenth president of the University of Florida, from his appointment as interim President in 1999 to his resignation in 2003.

The major part of this series consists of letters and memoranda. In addition, there are some reports.

The subject files include headings for the university's academic units, committees, and administrative departments. Also contained in this series are files documenting the university's relations with federal and state agencies, including the Florida Board of Regents, Governors, and Trustees, and academic associations, such as the American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Universities (AAU), and National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Also included are files on athletics including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC). Also of interest are files detailing the impact of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks that occurred during Young's tenure.


  • Creation: 1999 - 2003



The collection is open for research. However, there are several files that are restricted because they contain sensitive materials regarding both students and faculty. Access to these closed files require permission of the Archives staff. Restricted files are indicated in this guide with the word "RESTRICTED" printed at the end of the folder title.

University Archives collections are available for research. Portions of the collections may be restricted due to the requirements of applicable state and federal laws, including but not limited to FERPA and HIPAA, and in accordance with best practices as defined by the Society of American Archivists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Edward "Chuck" Young was born in Highland, California in 1931. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and graduated from the University of California Riverside in 1955. He went on to complete his master's and doctoral degrees in political science the University of California Los Angeles in 1957 and 1960.

Soon after, Young was hired in various administrative positions at UCLA, eventually being appointed Chancellor of the University in 1968. At age 36, he became the youngest person to head a major American university. During his 29 years as Chancellor, Young guided the university during a period of dramatic growth and transformation. His time in office saw a massive increase in budgets, endowments, and enrollments. Young was a huge proponent of intercollegiate athletics and worked to reform the university's athletic program. He also was a vocal supporter of affirmative action and development and recruitment of minority faculty, the establishment of ethnic study centers, as well as the expansion of the university's influence on the community of Los Angeles. When Young took office the percentage of minority students at UCLA was 12 percent, after he retired in 1997 it was 54 percent. At the time, he was the longest serving college leader in American higher education.

Young was originally brought in to serve as the University of Florida's interim president after the departure of John Lombardi in 1999. However, in 2000 he was officially named University President and became the tenth President of UF. Young successfully managed the University through a difficult period of adjustment as it coped with a new governing structure under Governor Jeb Bush. He was also president when the attacks of September 11th, 2001 occurred and helped shape the campus's response to the threat of terrorism. Young also improved relations with a faculty body that had grown accustomed to the combativeness of President Lombardi and gave a greater voice to the Faculty Senate. Young also continued to be a strong vocal proponent of affirmative action. In 2003, the newly established University of Florida Board of Trustees resumed the search for a permanent president. Bernie Machen was selected to be the eleventh university president, and Young stepped down at the end of the year. He returned to live in California.


University of Florida Office of the President. Charles E. Young. [online] Available at:\ [Accessed 2 December 2020]

Wikipedia. 22 November 2020. Charles E. Young. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 December 2020]


62.5 Linear Feet (50 Boxes)

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Administrative records of Charles E. Young, tenth president of the University of Florida.


The collection is organized based on the original filing plan structure maintained by the Office of the President.


Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Processing Note

This collection has been minimally processed. A folder level inventory was produced and is listed in this finding aid, but the majority of the documents were not examined or rehoused during the course of processing. Open access to these materials allows researchers to further delve into the contents as needed.

A Guide to the Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Charles E. Young)
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
April 2021
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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