Trevor Colbourn, the man who gave the University of Central Florida its name, has died.
Colbourn, UCF’s second president, died Monday in Winter Park at the age of 87.
In 1978, Colbourn recognized that Florida Technological University had outgrown its name and helped the newly named University of Central Florida establish an honors program and a football program.
“Trevor blazed trails for UCF, from giving us our name to the leap of faith that led to a nationally prominent football program,” said UCF President John C. Hitt in a release. “He was an astute academic leader with a keen vision. As president, I greatly valued his advice and contributions to our university.”
Known as the “Scholar President,” Colbourn held degrees from the University of London, the College of William and Mary, and Johns Hopkins University.
In 2001, the Humanities and Fine Arts Building was renamed Colbourn Hall in honor of Trevor Colbourn.