3 - John Hitt

The University of Central Florida president has a lot on his plate. He is overseeing the growth of a new medical school — and pretty much the entire mini-economy sprouting up around it. But he also faces the kind of lean budget that makes future growth tough. Hitt, 66, also found himself and his school in an unflattering national spotlight on the heels of a football player's death. Still, he remains one of the most respected figures in town and held steady in third place this year.
Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel
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