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Bornstein, Rita Presidential Records

Identifier: Bornstein

Scope and Contents

The records of Dr. Rita Bornstein, 13th president of Rollins College, include her inauguration, correspondence, general college affairs, work with faculty, students, staff and the Board of Trustees, development work, writings, reports and publications, Rollins colloquy, and her involvement in educational organizations and community services over her tenure of 14 years from 1990 to 2004. As these materials were periodically transferred by the Office of the President, information on a single topic may be found in multiple boxes.


  • Created: 1990-2004


Conditions Governing Access

Open access for all published materials; restricted access to development, trustee and personnel files.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished records are protected by copyright. Permission to publish or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

As the College's thirteenth president and the first woman to hold that title, Rita Bornstein came to Rollins College in 1990. For the next fourteen years, President Bornstein was also an author, teacher, and well-accomplished fundraiser. A native of New York, Bornstein pursued her higher education in the south. After receiving both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University, she attended the University of Miami where she earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Instruction in 1975. She taught high school English for a time, directed the U.S. Office of Education Technical Assistance Center at the University of Miami, and eventually became the university's vice president for development. During her time as president, Rollins' ranking in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" climbed from number six regionally to number one, and the College became number one in Florida. Bornstein focused on boosting the College's endowment, which increased four fold during her presidency, and creating additional endowed professors' chairs. She also oversaw The Campaign For Rollins, which succeeded in bringing $160.2 million to the College. In addition, Bornstein led the College in a much needed building project that expanded existing structures, added the McKean Gateway to the campus, and constructed the Cornell Campus Center, among other buildings. Bornstein's commitment to making Rollins an integral part of the Winter Park community was reflected in emphasis on service and in the many distinctions awarded to both her and the institution. In recognition of Rollins' contribution of two Habitat for Humanity houses, the College was awarded the Tenth Annual Citizen of the Year Award by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in 1994. Ten years later, the chamber named her Citizen of the Decade. Bornstein's other honors include: the first Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Chief Executive Leadership Award, the Laureate for Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising, and the Summit Award. While Bornstein is well known as a gifted administrator, she is also an academic in her own right. Her works include over one hundred presentations and papers including the well-received "Rollins Colloquy Toward a Pragmatic Liberal Education: The Curriculum of the Twenty-First Century." Bornstein has written, edited and contributed to books such as: Education and Democracy: Re-imagining Liberal Learning and Legitimacy in the Academic Presidency: From Entrance to Exit. In addition, she enjoys hiking and canoeing when her schedule allows time.

For additional information on the Bornstein administration of Rollins College, please see the Summer 2004 issue of Rollins Alumni Record:


80.00 Linear Feet

80 linear feet other_unmapped

51 boxes

6.00 items

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Arrangement Note

Bornstein Presidential papers are arranged in 23 series: Series 1 Inauguration: Planning, implementation, and details of the inauguration events in 1991. Series 2 Correspondence & Chronological Files: Letters and e-mails to and from Rita Bornstein, arranged in the following sub-series:     A: Chronological Files     B: A to Z Files 1990 - 1994     C: A to R Files 1990 – 1993     D: General Correspondence I     E: General Correspondence II     F: E-Mail Correspondence Series 3 Name Files: Correspondence with specific individuals. A: Name Files A – W B: Name Files A to Z 1995 – 1999 C: Supplementary Name Files Series 4 Development: Fundraising, building plans, new programs, etc. (Confidential) Series 5 College Affairs: General information about the operation of the College, Crummer School of Business, Hamilton Holt School, Athletics and others. A: General College Affairs B: Crummer School of Business C: Hamilton Holt School D: Athletics Series 6 Faculty: Work, programs, and correspondence with faculty. A: Faculty Correspondence B: Faculty Affairs Series 7 Work with Students: Correspondence with students and information on student life and activities. Series 8 Work with Staff: Correspondence and work with staff. Series 9 Work with Alumni: Alumni Association, events and correspondence with alumni. Series 10 Board of Trustees: Correspondence with members of the Board of Trustees and former members. Series 11 Rollins Colloquy: Toward A Pragmatic Liberal Education - The Curriculum of the 21st Century, Feb. 13-16, 1997 Series 12 Japanese Statue, Trip and Exchange Program: the return of the Japanese statue and the development of the exchange program in Okinawa; also contains itineraries, information and memorabilia from Bornstein's trip to Japan and China. Series 13 Educational Organizations: Correspondence and information relating to President Bornstein's participation in and contributions to educational organizations such as ICUF and ACS. Series 14 Community Involvement: President Bornstein's involvement with community organizations such as the City of Orlando and United Way. Series 15 Transportation Committee: Minutes and data from the Crotty Transportation Commission that Bornstein served on. Series 16 Presentations and Speeches: Collections of President Bornstein's speeches; also contains biographical information. Series 17 Publications: Various publications written by, featuring and given to President Bornstein, in two sub-series: A: Writings and Publications by President Bornstein B: News Clippings Series 18 Awards and Acknowledgements: Awards received by President Bornstein and her congratulation remarks to other new college presidents. Series 19 Memorabilia: Items received by President Bornstein during her tenure at Rollins. Series 20 Audio & Visual Collections: Various VHS, DVD and audio cassette recordings of President Bornstein and programs during her administration. Series 21 Dr. Harland Bloland: Information on, and published by Dr. Harland Bloland, President Bornstein's husband. Series 22 Correspondence Part 2 Series 23 Memorabilia (July 2014)

Method of Acquisition

The materials were transferred to the College Archives by the Office of the President during and at the end of Dr. Bornstein's administration.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

See also images of President Bornstein and her administration in Rollins Photograph Collection and at Rollins Digital Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the Rollins College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Rollins College Box 2744
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park 32789-4499 US