The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently welcomed Jacksonville University President Tim Cost as a guest speaker. Cost, an alumnus of JU who graduated magna cum laude in 1981, was selected as the private college’s 12th president in February of this year. Cost joked that despite serving for some 30 years as a top level executive at such Fortune 500 corporations as Kodak and PepsiCo, he is most often remembered locally as being the only freshman to ever pitch a nine-inning no-hitter in JU baseball history. Cost went on to note that JU celebrates its 80th anniversary this year with the largest class ever enrolled – some 4,072 students from 38 states and 41 countries. While JU is known as a liberal arts and sciences college, Cost said the university is redefining its mission to focus on degrees that offer more employment opportunities for graduates. He said JU’s Davis College of Business is now recognized as one of the top 100 business schools in the nation. In addition, JU is nationally renowned for its aviation program and its College of Health Sciences, which boasts the largest orthodontics program in the country and a nursing program with a 100 percent passing rate. JU’s Marine Science Institute, strategically situated on the banks of the St. Johns River, attracts students from around the world. In the future, Cost said the university plans to grow its doctoral programs and build on its low – 13 to one – student-teacher ratio. In closing, Cost said JU is committed to a strong personal interaction with its students and the community and to graduating students who will become the visionary leaders our society needs.