Undergraduate enrollment at USF boomed in the mid-1960s. The young Tampa campus could not handle the influx of students. Under President John S. Allen, the University of South Florida took possession of the Bayboro facility on 1 July 1965. A few months later, classes began for students who stayed in the old Maritime Service barracks and enrolled in classes here or at USF's home in Tampa. Allen established a presence at St. Petersburg without receiving permission from the Florida Board of Regents. As new residential facilities opened in Tampa, the future of the Bay Campus site became uncertain.
Schnur,, James Anthony and Nelson Poynter Memorial Library., "Panel 11 and Panel 12: A New Branch on a Growing Tree: Birth of the 'Bay Campus' (1965-1968)" (2011). Library and Community-based Exhibits. 8.
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