Fran Kinne, Former President, Jacksonville University

Fran Kinne is a former JU professor, dean, president, and chancellor. Kinne was JU’s president for 10 years and chancellor from 1989 to 1994, and has served as chancellor emeritus since 1994. Kinne began her Jacksonville University career in 1958 as a humanities professor, was selected as founding dean of JU’s College of Fine Arts in 1961, and served in that capacity until being named JU’s president in 1979, becoming the first female college president in Florida.With Kinne as president, JU established the Business College, nursing school and aviation program. Kinne’s service and leadership at Jacksonville University has changed lives and the course of higher education in Northeast Florida and beyond. Before her life at JU, Kinne led a nomadic life as a music teacher, wartime U.S. Army host, and colonel’s wife.