Top-ranked universities drive Florida’s economy


The Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles have one of the strongest rivalries in the country. It takes an important cause to bring us together. We write as the presidents of these universities to share our common mission and invite you to join the cause — to make Florida the top national destination to learn, create, work and live.

Thanks to the visionary and ongoing support particularly of Senate President Joe Negron, Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott, Florida is beginning to realize the benefit of recent investment in our universities. Last month, U.S. News & World Report declared Florida the best state in the nation for higher education based on value and performance. Our two pre-eminent universities are ranked 14th and 38th among public universities. We are on the rise, but we can do so much more.