Grace King, left, interviews University of Florida President Kent Fuchs on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in the WUFT-FM studio at Weimer Hall. (Dolores Hinckley/WUFT News)

UF President Kent Fuchs Speaks With WUFT As 2018-19 Academic Year Begins


The 2018-19 academic calendar began at the University of Florida on Wednesday, and President Kent Fuchs visited the WUFT-FM studio to discuss a few topics of interest to students, faculty, and staff.

He spoke on topics including:

  • The geographic diversity of the incoming freshman class.
  • The addition of about 200 new faculty members.
  • Goals for the year.
  • The school setting its sights on becoming one of the nation’s top 5 universities.
  • His hope for fewer challenges this year compared to 2017-18’s Hurricane Irma, Richard Spencer, and a football coaching change.
  • A preview of Thursday’s state of the university address for faculty senate.
  • Advice for incoming freshmen.
  • Campus safety efforts to prevent any mass shootings.

About Grace King

Grace is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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