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Intersection: UCF President John Hitt On Foreign Students, Funding & The Downtown Campus

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UCF president John Hitt. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

Immigration bans out of the White House had universities across the country scrambling, with students and faculty stranded in limbo.

UCF president John Hitt says he stands by those students and faculty, and he worries about the chilling effect on foreign students who aren’t affected by the order but who might be reconsidering their studies here in the US.

Hitt sat down with us to talk about the executive order. He also talks about UCF’s growth since he’s been at the helm to the second largest university in the country, the new downtown campus in Orlando, and university funding.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »