Carl Van Ness


Andrew Sledd served only briefly as president of the University of Florida from 1904 to 1909. Under constant attack during his short tenure Sledd nonetheless managed to achieve more than many of his successors. The university has never acknowledged his contributions, and his presidency has been largely overshadowed by that of his rival and successor, Albert A. Murphree. Murphree, president from 1909 to 1927, achieved iconic status when a statue was raised in his honor in 1949. The imposing figure of Murphree in academic garb presides eternally in the campus historic district.