On Tuesday, October 24, John C. Hitt announced his retirement from UCF President and addressed a crowd of university administrators, staff, and media, closing 26 years of growth and service to Central Florida.

In the Fairwinds Alumni Center, Hitt held back tears as he read the words of his retirement speech and reflected on a university that grew from 21,000 students in 1991 to 66,000 present day.

Hitt also addressed media on his experience as university president, expectations for his successor, and what he sees for the future.

President Hitt’s retirement speech: