John Delaney (Florida politician)

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John Delaney
President of the University of North Florida
Assumed office
Preceded by A. David Kline
Chancellor of the State University System of Florida
In office
Preceded by Mark B. Rosenberg
Succeeded by Frank T. Brogan
Mayor of Jacksonville
In office
July 1, 1995 – July 1, 2003
Preceded by Ed Austin
Succeeded by John Peyton
Personal details
Born (1956-06-29) June 29, 1956 (age 61)
Lansing, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gena Delaney
Alma mater University of Florida

John Adrian Delaney (born June 29, 1956) is an American lawyer, politician and university administrator. He currently serves as the president of the University of North Florida. A member of the Republican Party, he served as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida from 1995 to 2003. In addition he also served as interim chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

Early life[edit]

Delaney was born in Lansing, Michigan and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. His family moved to Jacksonville when he was sixteen. He graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1974 and attended the University of Florida, where he joined Delta Upsilon fraternity and received a B.A. and a law degree. Delaney and his wife Gena married in 1980 and reside in Neptune Beach. They have four children.

Delaney passed the Florida Bar exam in 1981[1] and was hired by then State Attorney Ed Austin, eventually becoming Austin's Chief Assistant State Attorney. When Austin was elected Mayor of Jacksonville in 1991, Delaney became the city's General Counsel for a short time, and then served as Austin's chief of staff. Delaney ran for mayor himself in 1995 when Austin declined to seek a second term.

Mayor of Jacksonville[edit]

In 1995, Delaney defeated former mayor Jake Godbold to become mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, serving two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1888. He was succeeded by John Peyton in July 2003.

During his mayoral term, Delaney was noted for launching the Better Jacksonville Plan, a massive, billion dollar package of projects for municipal improvements funded by a sales tax increase, as well as the Preservation Project, a series of land grants for parks. He was one of the most popular mayors in Jacksonville's history, enjoying consistently high approval ratings and running unopposed for his second election. In 2003, he received the President's Conservation Achievement Award from The Nature Conservancy for the Preservation Project.[2]

University of North Florida[edit]

Delaney was appointed President of the University of North Florida (UNF) in 2003. During his tenure the university has seen a surge of building projects, including a new Student Union and other facilities.[3][4] Under his leadership, the university launched an initiative to identify and strengthen its top "flagship" programs.[3] Since 2005, six programs have been established as flagships: Nursing, Transportation and Logistics, International Business, Coastal Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Music.[5]

State University System of Florida[edit]

In October 2008, John Delaney was named interim chancellor of the State University System of Florida. He took over for Mark B. Rosenberg who had resigned to return to Florida International University. He served for the 2009 legislative session, and was not paid any compensation. In July 2009, Frank T. Brogan was named the new chancellor of the State University System.


  1. ^ [1] AVVO, Lawyer info & ratings-John A. Delaney
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-04-13.  University of North Florida, President's Office, John Delaney biography
  3. ^ a b Matt Soergel (May 1, 2011). "University of North Florida: A humble campus filled with life". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ UNF-2005 master plan
  5. ^ "Flagship Programs". University of North Florida. 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Austin, Jr.
Mayor of Jacksonville
Succeeded by
John Peyton
Academic offices
Preceded by
Mark B. Rosenberg
Interim Chancellor of the
State University System of Florida

Succeeded by
Frank T. Brogan
Preceded by
A. David Kline
President of University of North Florida
Succeeded by