Romesburg's Day in the Sun

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Former Jacksonville University President, Kerry Romesburg was honored on Thursday, Feb. 28, by Jacksonville University alumnus and Mayor of Jacksonville, Alvin Brown.

“Dr. Kerry Romesburg Day” was proclaimed by Mayor Brown in honor of Dr. Romesburg’s long career within education, his value to the Jacksonville community and for taking Jacksonville University to the next level.

In attendance for this honorable ceremony was renowned former JU president Francis Kinne, who gave an impactful speech on the works of Romesburg and recognized new JU President, Tim Cost.

Mayor Brown will have the proclamation delivered to Jacksonville University and added to the City of Jacksonville’s official archives.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: A valued and highly-respected member of our local education community, Dr. Kerry Romesburg began his tenure as president of Jacksonville University (JU) in July 2004; and

WHEREAS: Dr. Romesburg is an expert in the field of education administration and a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, having dedicated his life’s work to leading the success of institutions of higher learning; and

WHEREAS: With a wealth of experience and a reputation for strong leadership, he has been an agent of positive change in every role he has served during his impressive career; and

WHEREAS: During his 14-year presidency at Utah Valley State College, Dr. Romesburg oversaw the school’s conversion from a two-year community college to a four-year state college, with enrollment growing from 6,000 students to nearly 25,000; and during that time he also saw the college’s endowment increase from $280,000 to more than $41 million; and

WHEREAS: Since taking on the role of JU’s president, Dr. Romesburg has reinvigorated the university, reigning in financial issues, highlighting the campus’ natural beauty and working every day to ensure the institution’s future greatness; and

WHEREAS: The City of Jacksonville joins the First Coast community in showing its deep appreciation for Dr. Romesburg’s numerous, impact contributions to Jacksonville University and education in our city.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ALVIN BROWN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, do hereby proclaim Feb. 28, 2013 as

DR. KERRY ROMESBURG DAY

in Jacksonville and encourage all citizens to recognize Dr. Kerry Romesburg’s many contributions to our city’s educational system and to our community as a whole.

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