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University leaders made personal donations toward UCF Downtown totaling more than $1 million, according to a press release from UCF.

President John C. Hitt and First Lady Martha Hitt contributed $100,000, as did trustee Alex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic and UCF alumnus. Other contributors include trustee Robert Garvy and Phyllis Klock, chairwoman of the UCF Foundation of Board of Directors.

Mike Morsberger, vice president for alumni relations and development said the support of these leaders, combined with that of the community partners is vital to make the campus a reality.

“Our university’s leaders are making generous personal investments in UCF Downtown because they know the campus will greatly expand educational opportunities for students,” Morsberger said in the release.

Earlier this month, the Orlando Magic and CFE Federal Credit Union both pledged $1.5 million toward a new building that UCF would share with Valencia College.

In addition, Orange County commissioners voted to contribute $3 million, and Valencia College will donate $2 million. Contributions of land and infrastructure by the City of Orlando and developers of the Creative Village totals approximately $75 million.

The downtown campus, set to open fall 2018, will offer students a state-of-the-art learning environment and proximity to a variety of internships and jobs in fields like digital media, communication, public service, and health-related programs.

The downtown campus will be shared with Valencia College, to offer workforce training and other certificates.

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Rosie Reitze is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @rosie_ucf or email her at RosieR@centralfloridafuture.com.

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