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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dr. Phillips Charities donates $3 million to UCF Downtown campus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 12:17 PM

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Dr. Phillips Charities announced Tuesday, March 1, that they would be giving $3 million to the UCF Downtown campus, bringing the university closer to its goal of $20 million in community support.

UCF President John C. Hitt, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Dr. Phillips Charities President and CEO Kenneth D. Robinson were all in attendance to celebrate the new contribution, claiming it will transform the lives of thousands of students and their families. 



"I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Phillips Charities has pledged $3 million for the construction of a new academic building at UCF Downtown," Hitt said. 

Dr. Phillips Charities has, so far, invested more than $160 million in support of Orlando's community health, youth, cultural activities and education.

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"Dr. Phillips Charities is proud to be a long-time friend of UCF, and it dates back to the 1960s when Howard Phillips was participating in sports programs out here and sponsoring athletes," Robinson said. "Today's investment in UCF Downtown demonstrates our shared commitment to making education accessible to all students across Central Florida."

Dyer said the Phillips family and Dr. Phillips Charities have spent the past 120 years making a positive impact and improving the quality of life for everyone that calls Orlando their home. 
 
"We are grateful to Dr. Phillips Charities for joining us in our shared vision for this campus and how the campus aligns with the Charities' goals for the future of our community," Dyer said. "Here in Central Florida, we are known for dreaming big and for using partnership and collaboration to bring those dreams to reality."

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The UCF Downtown campus will be home to new academic programs and will focus on three emerging industry clusters: digital entertainment and communication, health technology and administration, and public service, including legal studies. 

UCF leaders will present plans for the downtown campus to the Florida Board of Governors at UCF's Fairwinds Alumni Center on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. 

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