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Dr. Lowell Salter

Dr. Lowell Salter Has Helped Build UNF, Including with Gifts in His Will

Mention the name Lowell Salter to anyone who knows anything about the history of the University of North Florida and the response is unanimous—the retired faculty member is known as a builder, from businesses to programs to fundraising campaigns to endowments.

Dr. Salter came to UNF in 1972 as a founding faculty member in the Department of Management, Marketing and Logistics. He fondly recalls those early days of UNF. During the first semester, campus security officers interrupted a late night class and told Dr. Salter not to dismiss his students until further notice because a bear was trying to break into vending machines outside of Building Two. This story illustrates how Dr. Salter and other founding faculty members literally carved a university out of the wilderness.

Dr. Salter continued his reputation as a builder by establishing an organization that eventually became the Small Business Development Center at UNF. In his career at UNF, he helped countless entrepreneurs build businesses in Northeast Florida. Dr. Salter was also a builder behind the scenes. Along with eight other faculty members, he organized an effort in 1997 to encourage individually established endowments to mark the university’s 25th anniversary. That campaign resulted in more than $500,000 in pledges and planned gifts from founding faculty and staff.

Dr. Salter’s efforts continued with the Power of Transformation campaign. Despite retiring in 2001, he served on the steering committee for the campaign and established two separate bequests in his will for UNF. One bequest continues to support the Lowell Mason Salter Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the Coggin College of Business, and the other establishes the Betty Bogue Ramsey Salter Physical Therapy Fellowship in the Brooks College of Health in honor of Dr. Salter’s late wife.

Dr. Salter said the endowments are “my message to the university and the students that my commitment to UNF is never-ending and that knowledge provides the power necessary to achieve excellence.” He also wants his example of making a bequest to encourage other faculty and staff to join their peers in establishing legacy gifts of their own. Dr. Salter noted that the final reason for the bequests is to provide an example for his children. “There will always be others in greater need. We should be blessed with what we have and provide support to those less fortunate,” he said.


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