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Moez Limayem takes the helm at UNF; early voting polls; MacKenzie Scott’s gift to Junior Achievement; What’s good Wednesday

Moez Limayem is the 7th president of the University of North Florida
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Moez Limayem is the seventh president of the University of North Florida.

Moez Limayem is in his first month on the job as the University of North Florida’s seventh president. Limayem was chosen after a nationwide search and most recently served as dean of the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida.

Limayem says his goals for UNF are to strengthen existing partnerships and create new ones.

Guest: Moez Limayem, president, UNF.

Early voting polls

As early voting continues around the state, a new poll shows what could be a surprise outcome in the Democratic primary for governor.

UNF’s Public Opinion Research Lab shows gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried ahead of Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary, but she's still seven points behind Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis in a head-to-head race among registered voters.

The polling lab also has new numbers out today on the Jacksonville sheriff’s race.

Guest: Mike Binder, UNF Public Opinion Research Lab.

MacKenzie Scott’s gift to Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of North Florida is the latest nonprofit in the area to get a big check from one of America’s most noted philanthropists. The organization received a gift of $800,000 from MacKenzie Scott as part of a total of $38 million donated to Junior Achievement operations in 26 communities across the country. This is the largest gift from a single donor in the organization’s 103-year history.

What’s good Wednesday

  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida announced an expansion into Clay County with the addition of seven new Boys & Girls Clubs providing free after-school and summer programs.
  • Middle and high school teens in the I’m A Star Foundation’s Summer STEM Camp are the first in the city to complete a Cryptocurrency class, taught by Jax Chamber’s chief innovation officer, Dr. Carlton Robinson.
  • UNF received a federal grant from the National Science Foundation to study seagrass health. The entire grant, among all partnering institutions, is $1 million and will be the first in history to research viral infections of seagrass and the effect on coastal ecosystems.
  • The Blue Jay Listening Room in Jax Beach is celebrating its five-year anniversary this month.
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