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University of Central Florida Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs: Carroll B. Gambrell, Jr. Records

Identifier: UA03B

Scope and Contents

Series I: State University System, 1966-1984, contains information regarding Florida Technological University's involvement in the Florida State University System (SUS).

Series II: Academic Affairs, 1966-1980, contains information regarding academic programs offered at Florida Technological University, the branch campuses at the time, and academic university related administrative affairs including class schedules, academic calendar, and registration.

Series III: Student Affairs, 1967-1978, includes information from student events, activities, and services offered at Florida Technological University.

Series IV: University Relations, 1964-1978, contains information on Florida Technological University's relations with the community, government, and other universities throughout Florida.

Series V: Administration and Finance, 1967-1979, includes material on faculty employment, university budget, and financial information for purchases.

Series VI: Vice President's Office, 1967-1978, includes material gathered by VP Gambrell pertaining to his interests in the engineering field, correspondence, and newspaper articles.


  • 1964-1984
  • Majority of material found in 1967-1978


Language of Materials

English .


The entire collection is open for research. Selected folders are restricted for access. Users may request access to these folders by contacting the department.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Carroll B. Gambrell, Jr., was the first Vice-President for Academic Affairs of Florida Technological University, serving from 1967 until 1978. During his tenure at FTU, Dr. Gambrell was also a faculty member in the College of Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Art degree at Florida Southern College; Bachelor of Science Degree at Clemson University; Master of Business Administration at West Coast University; Master of Science and Engineering at the University of Florida; an honorary LL.D. at Southern California Institute of Law; and, his Ph.D. at Purdue University. Dr. Gambrell came to FTU from Arizona State University. During his eleven years at FTU/UCF, he was a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; the American Society of Military Engineers; and, the American Association of Engineering Societies. Dr. Gambrell's push for accreditation of academic programs in the engineering field during his appointment at FTU is amongst his most notable achievements. Additionally, during Gambrell's term at FTU/UCF, a priority was placed on research projects. In the Central Florida Future's article, dated March 12, 1976, Dr. Gambrell states that FTU was rated 5% higher than the national average in receiving research funding.

During his tenure, Dr. Gambrell was a recipient of numerous awards as Who's Who in Engineering; Who's Who in American College and University Administration; Who's Who in American Education; Distinguished Service Award for the College of Engineering at the University of Central Florida; Distinguished Alumnus Award at Purdue University; Engineer of the Year 1993-1994 for Georgia Society of Professional Engineers; Distinguished Industrial Engineer at Purdue University; Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Industrial Engineering Educator Award; and, Frank and Lilian Gilbreth Distinguished Service Award. Since leaving the University of Central Florida in 1978, Dr. Gambrell has held positions at West Coast University, Mercer University, and Mercer Engineering Research Center. A retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. Gambrell currently resides in Winter Haven, Florida.


25 boxes (25.5 Linear Feet)


Carroll B. Gambrell, Jr., was the first Vice-President for Academic Affairs of Florida Technological University (FTU) serving from 1967 until 1978. This collection of his administrative records documents his contributions to the academic field at FTU/UCF. It includes important information on the accreditation of academic programs such as engineering, and also includes material from conferences and board meetings throughout the Florida State university system.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in six series by subject, following the organization established by the Administration of the University. The folders within each subseries are arranged in alphabetical order, while their contents are arranged in chronological order. The Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs also kept alphabetical files on numerous matters in which the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, i.e. Dr. Gambrell was involved relating to the University and organizations with which he was involved outside the University, also reflecting his personal interests. When the majority of these records were created, the University was part of the Florida State University System governed by a Board of Regents, therefore, a significant portion of these records, document the role that the Board played in the University and chronicles its replacement by an individual Board of Trustees. These records show the range of a Vice-President's work nationally, statewide, locally, within the University, and in conjunction with the State University System.

Method of Acquisition

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 1978.

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU1978_01

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about this collection may be found in the Office of the President Records.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Nava Cohen in 2009. All material have been placed into acid free legal-sized folders, rusty paper clips and staples have been removed and replaced with plastic paper clips. Photographs have been placed into archival sleeves. Social Security numbers have been blacked out or removed from the collection. Select items have been removed from their folders and notes containing information pertaining to these items have been included in these folders. These items were removed and shredded to protect individuals' privacy. The finding aid was updated for consistency among all collections by Mary Rubin in 2012, resulting in edition 2. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 3, by Mary Rubin in 2015.

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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

5th Floor - Room 501
John C. Hitt Library
Orlando FL 32816 US