UNF alumni host farewell celebration for President Delaney

Carly Kramer, Video Director

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With John Delaney’s time as President of UNF drawing to a close, the Alumni Association wanted to show their gratitude. UNF Alumni new and old were invited to celebrate together at the Alumni Farewell to Delaney on Friday, May 18, organized by Maxine Cooper, the immediate past president of the Alumni Association.  

“We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank John Delaney for being a wonderful president of UNF,” Cooper said. “We have so many new buildings, so many new facilities, and so many new areas of expertise. He’s just really been wonderful.”

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UNF President John Delaney receiving letters of gratitude from Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.

Though they were unable to attend, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson also sent their well-wishes to Delaney. Representatives awarded him a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Nelson, as well as a letter from Rubio.

“Please allow me to congratulate you on your retirement as President of the UNF,” Rubio wrote. “Throughout your career in Jacksonville, you have strived to provide countless opportunities to the community.”

In attendance was John Barnes, the former student body president from 2008 to 2010. Barnes reportedly had the chance to work with Delaney firsthand to build the Student Union and the UNF Student Wellness Complex.

According to Barnes, Delaney was one of the greatest people he’s worked with, especially in his effort to stay connected with alumni after graduation.

“I would say that he went from a mentor role to a friendship role,” Barnes said.

After he officially leaves UNF, Delaney will reportedly be taking the summer off before continuing his practices in law and government affairs.

“I love the school,” Delaney said. “Every year we try to make the diploma even more valuable by getting even smarter kids in and contributing back to the community. I’m just delighted to have been here 15 years.”

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