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UF gets approval to go on hiring spree

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Updated: 11/24/2013 9:25 am
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.
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