GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Board of Governors has given the University of Florida the go-ahead to go on a hiring spree for faculty.
The move gives the university the power to use around $15 million to hire new employees who will advance UF's standing as a national education leader.
University officials said they will focus on hiring professors in life sciences, massive data and cybersecurity, and Latin American development.
The funding is in addition to $800 million UF is amassing in donations to improve faculty, buildings and academic initiatives.
"It's not the rankings themselves that matter. But a rising reputation builds momentum that allows us to make ever greater contributions," UF President Bernie Machen said.
"Preeminence means UF can make more life-changing discoveries, create jobs through our start-up companies and technology licensing, compete to get Florida its share of federal research dollars, and ensure that Floridians do not have to leave the state to get a world-class education."
More than 100 new instructors are expected to be in place within the next 5 five years.