“Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 is light years ahead of where it would be today without the leadership of Bill Merwin,” said Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw. “Bill served as president of FGCU during a time of unparalleled growth and development, and he will be fondly remembered as a dynamic leader whose vision and many accomplishments significantly advanced our university.
Prior to Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Merwin held three university presidencies: Salisbury State University (1997 – 1999), State University of New York – Pottsdam (1989 – 1997), and Montana State University (1985 – 1989).
Services will be held on Monday, May 9 in Jacksonville. Anyone wishing to make a gift in President Merwin's memory may donate to Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Mr. and Mrs. William Merwin Jr., 1422 Mallard Landing Blvd., St. Johns, FL 32259. Florida Gulf Coast University will honor President Merwin on campus at a later date.