Fuchs’ Legacy in Cornell’s ‘New Campus for New Age’

Kent Fuchs’ egoless, warm and genuine personality combined with an uncompromising integrity and determination to win are some of the attributes that Fuchs will bring to the University of Florida. 

These attributes also helped Fuchs launch Cornell NYC Tech. This initiative is a $2.1 billion, 2-million-square foot project that spans over 30 years and will redefine Cornell University. Fuchs also took part in the negotiating team that secured a $350 million gift from Charles Feeney, an alumnus, and $133 million to fund Jacobs Technician-Cornell Institute.

Out of all his initiatives, Cornell NYC Tech is a transformative lifetime project. It will help commercial technology by constructing new companies and renovating the industry in New York. This type of project illustrates the kind of complex, big-ticket project Fuchs could bring to University of Florida.

Fuchs’ associates at Cornell believe the University of Florida is a good fit for Fuchs. His background as a world class engineer and his support of technological innovation and discovery will foster the university’s aspiration to grow from a top flight university to a world class university. Fuchs stepped into the position as President on January 1.


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