1950’s – 1960’s FMU alum Rev. Howard Thurman is recognized in 1952 by Life Magazine as one of the twelve most influential religious leaders in the country
Trustees purchase a 48-acre former air strip near Opa-locka in Dade County. Dr. Royal W. Puryear oversees relocation of the school to South Florida.
On November 11, the new campus opens as Florida Memorial College.
In December, the institution’s charter is amended and the name Florida Memorial University is adopted.
New name announced during Founders’ Day Convocation on March 18.
FMU student Barrington Irving becomes the youngest person and first Black to fly solo around the world.
Dr. Roslyn Artis becomes first woman appointed president of FMU.
President Barack Obama visits grounds of Florida Memorial University.
FMU celebrates 50 years of academic excellence in South Florida
Founded as Florida Baptist Institute in Live Oak by members of Bethlehem Baptist Association to educate ministers and children. Reverend J.L.A. Fish becomes school’s first president.