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volume lxxxi, March 2015 A Publication of the florida association of colleges and universities

Association News

FACU & 2015 FAC&U Annual Meeting

Plans Are Well Underway! Speakers Will Include Stephen Black and Dr. Mark David Miliron

Plans are well underway for the 2015 FAC&U Annual Meeting. This meeting, which will be held June 3, 2015, at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, will explore the theme: “Making Connections.” Luncheon and Afternoon Speakers will include Stephen Black, J.D., and Dr. Mark David Miliron. Stephen Black, JD Founder of Impact America Director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama Stephen Black is an accomplished and passionate social advocate. A highly sought-after public speaker, Mr. Black is also the grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, known for his role in controversial 1950-60s Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Following his grandfather’s passion for public service and law, Mr. Black earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude) and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1997. Following his graduation from law school, he returned to Alabama to join the Birmingham law firm, Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC. After three years with the firm, he was called to public service, and for a brief time acted as an assistant to the Governor, focusing on policy and economic development projects. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of students he encountered when speaking across the state, he helped to found the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) at The University of Alabama, where he currently serves as Director. Mr. Black is the President and Founder of Impact America (an outgrowth of his flagship program, Impact Alabama), which partners with Americorps to provide educational and social outreach to underserved communities. Impact America is an award-wining non-profit organization that has provided 6,300 college students with the opportunity to participate in various structured service-learning projects in several states; the Impact Alabama division closely collaborates with the CESR to provide services. Some of these include Focus First, a program that provides vision screening for economically disadvantaged children; Save First, which provides tax return preparation for low-income families; and College First, which provides academic preparation for high school students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses. Dr. Mark David Miliron Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Miliron has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world to strengthen and enhance educational opportunities. He has also served as the founding Chancellor of Western Governors University of Texas, the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an Endowed Fellow and the Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin, the Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS (a company offering statistical analysis solutions), and the President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including service with the Global Online Academy, The Journal for Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the Texas Student Success Council. His past service includes board membership with the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University. Among his many distinctions, Dr. Miliron was presented with The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Leadership Award in 2007. Additionally, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2011, and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Hall of Fame. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Global Online Academy, the Journal for Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the Texas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University. Among his many distinctions, Dr. Miliron was presented with The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Leadership Award in 2007. The National University Technology Network (NUTN) named Dr. Miliron the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2011; and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Hall of Fame.

news from across the state rollins college

florida association of colleges & universities

The Rollins College Board of Trustees announced February 19 that it has elected Grant H. Cornwell as the 15th president of Rollins College. Cornwell, who currently serves as president of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, will begin his Rollins presidency July 1. “Grant Cornwell is a national and international champion of liberal education, an education especially tuned to Rollins’ mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership,” said David Lord, chairman of the Rollins College Board of Trustees. “He comes to Rollins after eight years as president of The College of Wooster, a top liberal arts college, where he was able to build a common vision through strategic planning and a collaborative approach that involved the entire college community. Cornwell’s skills will build on Rollins’ successes and grow the College’s reputation as a distinguished liberal arts college.” Dr. Grant H. Cornwell >>>To read the full press release, click the link below:

FAC&U Officers 2014-2015

Grant H. Cornwell Named 15th President of Rollins College

Rollins is a Top Producer of US Fulbright Scholars The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Eight students from Rollins College won Fulbright awards for 201415, and according to The Chronicle’s list, Rollins produced the second highest number of student recipients based on institution type—more than any other university in Florida. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 57 recipients (32 of whom have been named since 2006). This is the fourth time in six years, Rollins has been one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s institutions. “We’re delighted that Rollins has once again been identified as a top producer of Fulbright Students,” said Rollins’ Acting President Craig McAllaster. “It is a point of pride that our students have been successful in competing for such prestigious international awards, and it is a testament to the quality of a Rollins education.” >>>To read the full press release, click the link below: 2

FAC&U President John Delaney, JD President, University of North Florida FAC&U Vice- President Eileen Holden, EdD President, Polk State College FAC&U Vice- President Elect Nathaniel Glover, M.Ed., Hon. LL.D. President, Edward Waters College FAC&U Past President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD President, Barry University 2014-2015 FAC&U Board Members Jeffery Albritten, EdD President, Florida SouthWestern State College Judith A. Bense, PhD President, University of West Florida Anthony Catanese, PhD, FAICP President, Florida Institute of Technology George L. Hanbury II, PhD President, Nova Southeastern University James Murdaugh, PhD President. Tallahassee Community College Donal O’Shea, ScD President, New College of Florida Member-At-Large Mr. Andrew Corty Publisher, Florida Trend Ex-Officio Members Marshall Criser, III, JD Chancellor, State University System Randy Hanna, JD Chancellor, Florida College System Edwin Moore, PhD President, Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of Education

news from across the state SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY

Former West Point Superintendent Named Next Saint Leo University President D r . William J. Lennox, Jr., the former Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, was named ninth president of Saint Leo University by the university’s Board of Trustees, effective summer 2015. A retired U.S. Army three-star lieutenant general with a distinguished 35year military career, Dr. Lennox earned his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He went on to earn

a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University, writing his dissertation on American war poetry. He has also worked as a corporate executive, and has served as a Saint Leo trustee since 2008. Dr. Lennox will succeed Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., as Saint Leo president. Dr. Kirk plans to retire at the end of the academic year after 18 years at the helm of the university, which has enjoyed profound growth in enrollment, revenue, and academic stature during his tenure. General Lennox led

the United States Military Academy from 2001 to 2006. As superintendent, a role that is essentially the equivalent of president of a civilian college, he managed 4,400 cadets, hundreds of staff, the academic programs, and a $250 million budget on the 16,000-acre campus, and remained there until 2006. During his tenure, he helped transform the athletic program, oversaw upgrades to the core liberal arts program, expanded the semester-abroad program, and completed a highly successful fundraising campaign. >>>To read the full

press release at saintleo. edu, CLICK HERE.

Dr. William J. Lennox, Jr.


IRSC Receives $100,000 Wells Fargo Clean Technology And Innovation Grant Indian River State College recently received a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation as part of a $4.5 million Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation program supporting technology advancements for a clean energy future. The grant will focus on the Indian River Lagoon, engaging IRSC students in a highlysophisticated multidisciplinary project using drones to fly over the

lagoon, capture images in specific wavelengths to identify the location of pollutants. Eight students in the College’s Laser and Photonics Institute will participate through paid internships funded by the grant, with additional involvement by IRSC chemistry students. “We are excited to be a recipient of this highly competitive Wells Fargo environmental grant program,” said Dr. Kevin Cooper, IRSC Director of Applied Research and Entrepreneurial Activities. “With the

support of the grant, IRSC will be able to launch a project that enables students to utilize new optical technologies for the benefit of the region’s signature environmental resource, the Indian River Lagoon.” The Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo commitment to provide $100 million to environmental-focused nonprofits, colleges and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and

is strategically aligned with the company’s vision and values to foster economic development, especially in underserved communities, to accelerate the global “green” economy. The goal of the program is to inspire innovation from entrepreneurs and fund research entities working on critical environmental issues. >>>To read the full press release, CLICK HERE.


news from across the state hodges university

Hodges Names Dr. David B. Borofsky Interim President H o d g e s University announced the selection of Dr. David B. Borofsky as interim president. The appointment has been approved by the university’s Board of Trustees and is effective immediately. Dr. Borofsky has more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions with public universities, community colleges and forprofit institutions nationwide. He succeeds Dr. Jeanette Brock, 65, who retired after more than two decades of service with Hodges. “Dr. Borofsky brings the perfect mix of institutional leadership, fundraising and educational experience to the position at Hodges University,” said John

Agnelli, Chairman of the Board for Hodges University. Dr. Borofsky most recently served as president of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He originally was appointed as the institution’s interim president in February 2012 and ascended to the role of permanent president just four months later as a result of widespread campus and community support. During his tenure at Dakota State, Dr. Borofsky led the creation of a five-year strategic plan that included significant enrollment management goals. In the first year of this plan, student retention increased 9.4 percent. Also during his time at Dakota State, Dr. Borofsky created and gained approval from the Board of Regents for three new graduate programs, including the nation’s first Doctorate of Science in Cyber

Security. He also had a successful fundraising experience, including securing $7 million to help fund a campus expansion at Dakota State. The donations of $5 million and $2 million were the two largest contributions in the university’s history. >>>To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Dr. David B. Borofsky

the florida state university

FSU Hosts The 25th Annual Jon C. Dalton Institute Florida S t a t e Un i ve r s it y hosted the 25th Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Values February 5-7, 2015. Since 1991, the institute has offered an opportunity for participants to learn about and promote civic education and ethical development of college students. The Institute addresses five general areas of interest: •Trends in college students’ values •Ethical issues in college life •Character building


educational models and strategies •Moral development research •Civic education About 175 student affairs staff, faculty, ministers and students attended the 2015 Dalton Institute to examine the theme “Widening Inequalities: Educating College Students to be Fair and Equitable in the World They Will Lead.” Institute attendees participated in three busy days filled with speakers and workshops covering key issues such as: •Equal access to higher education •Equal pay for equal work •Excessive CEO compensation

•Racial and ethnic equality •Gender equality •Equal justice under the law Distinguished speakers included Andrew J. Seligsohn, Ph.D., President of Campus Compact, Alexander W. Astin, Allan M. Cartter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, and Helen S. Astin, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Higher Education and Senior Scholar at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

news from across the state florida keys community college

FKCC and Mote Marine Laboratory Forge Educational Partnership Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) forged a new education-focused partnership today that will benefit students, faculty and scientists while enhancing Keys-based research and restoration of marine resources such as coral reefs. Leaders of the two institutions, Mote President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby and FKCC President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Jan. 16 at FKCC’s Key West Campus. The MOU lays the foundation for collaborations in marine research and education serving the common missions and goals of both institutions. Under this agreement, Mote and FKCC will explore exciting opportunities to partner in teaching, introduce more undergraduate students to the cutting-edge marine science at Mote’s research facility on Summerland Key and share research and education facilities and infrastructure. Mote, an independent nonprofit marine science institution established in 1955, has six campuses stretching from its home base in Sarasota, Fla., to its research facility on Summerland Key. There, Mote scientists study the grand challenges facing corals reefs — including climate change and ocean acidification — and they have raised and planted thousands of coral fragments onto Florida’s depleted reefs. The Keys facility also serves as a base of operations for hundreds of other researchers from over 60

different institutions around the world and numerous students. About 20 miles away is FKCC, the southernmost college of the “Great 28” in the Florida College System. Established in 1965, FKCC is an open-access, educational institution dedicated to serving the intellectual, diverse, cultural and occupational needs of the Florida Keys as well as the global community. The college is committed to student-centric academic programs and services, workforce development, continuing education, diverse partnerships, electronically delivered instruction and sustainable practices that prepare students for personal success and responsible citizenship. The new MOU is a framework that will allow institution leaders, scientists and faculty to develop more specific plans for collaboration, with attention to: • Transitioning FKCC graduates to careers as technical-level marine scientists; • Exploring and developing educational exchanges, including faculty exchanges; • Providing student access to Mote’s marine science and technology educational and research resources; • Developing collaborative marine science and technology education programs and training courses; • Exploring feasibility of the design, development and implementation of marine science and technology workshops and conferences; • Exploring and developing joint marine science and technology research and education proposals to submit to funding agencies; • Exchanging marine science

and technology materials and other information, as feasible; • Promoting the Florida Keys as a world hub for marine resource conservation and restoration; • Interpreting and publicly disseminating marine science and technology research; • Collectively celebrating the unique culture and ecology of the Florida Keys. “This agreement is a win-win — it will help connect the bright minds at both our institutions and boost our services to Keys communities and ecosystems.” said Mote President and CEO Crosby. “Mote is dedicated to conducting world-class marine research in partnership with our communities, while helping to educate the next generation of marine scientists. We’re currently working to expand our operations in Monroe County, and this new MOU will help us achieve more while drawing focus to the unique natural and cultural setting of the Keys.” >>>CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Florida Keys Community College President and CEO Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and Mote Marine Laboratory President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby


news from across the state north florida community college

NFCC Student Support Services Department Has a Great Year Helping Students Succeed The Student Support Services (SSS) Department at North Florida Community College released its 2014 annual report and has deemed the year a success. Supported by a federally funded TRiO grant, SSS provides a variety of services to first generation, low income, and/or disabled students at the College. The program helped over 200 students last year with participants representing all six counties in NFCC’s district – Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor County – as well as areas in Georgia. According to the report, SSS boasted a 91% retention rate with 85% of its participants achieving a good academic standing. Forty-six percent of students entering the SSS program in 2010-2011 have now

successfully graduated from NFCC with 30% of that cohort transferring to a four-year institution. “I know TRiO Student Support Services works,” said Dr. Suzie Cashwell, Student Support Services Director at NFCC. “When you believe in students they will believe in themselves.” The work of the SSS department is well in line with NFCC’s commitment to student success and the College’s well-known reputation for providing students with the individual attention, resources and support necessary to succeed. To ensure high retention and success rates, SSS advisors provide individualized support to each participant for the duration of their enrollment at NFCC. Specifically SSS offers its participants specialized academic advising, priority registration, academic success workshops, financial aid

opportunities, access to cultural events and leadership activities, transfer assistance to colleges and universities, field trips to explore local universities, tutoring services and unlimited amounts of encouragement and advice to help students achieve their academic and personal goals. The SSS department prides itself on offering an environment that is friendly supportive and fun. According to Dr. Cashwell, the SSS department’s study area and offices becomes a second home to many SSS students - “Our students need a place to belong and having advisors that understand their unique needs is critical.” For more information, contact Dr. Suzie Cashwell at 850-973-9432 or email StudentSupportServices@

the college of central florida

CF Foundation Milestone: College Scholarships in Place at Every Elementary School in Citrus, Levy, Marion The College of Central Florida recently announced that it reached its goal of securing two $4,000 endowed scholarships for every eligible elementary school in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Each school year, Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students to CF gives one male and one female fifth-grader from each school a $4,000 scholarship to attend CF upon high school graduation. The foundation established STEPS to CF in 2005, after


retired local businessman and former CF Foundation board member Bernard Little Jr. presented the concept. Little went on to personally fund the first three scholarships, one in each county served by the college. Over the next few years, he funded many scholarships naming most for community leaders. This year, all funds raised from the foundation’s signature event, Taste of Ocala, will benefit STEPS to CF. When Chris Knife joined the CF Foundation in 2014 as its new executive director, he challenged the CF Foundation board and

Taste of Ocala committee to reach the program goal of securing two scholarships for all 47 eligible elementary schools in Citrus, Marion and Levy counties before the end of the year. Taste of Ocala co-chairs Parker Eiland and Fred Roberts Jr. and members of the board took the challenge. In record time they found donors to fund three of the final five final scholarships in Marion County. Roberts noted, “Speaking on behalf of the committee, we are honored to have participated in the completion of this worthy program.” >>>Read the full press release HERE.

news from across the state tallahassee community college TCC Launches Golden Guarantee Programs

Tallahassee Community College has launched three Golden Guarantee Programs that offer guaranteed admission to Florida State University, Florida A & M University or the University of West Florida for students who meet specific milestones and requirements while completing their Associate in Arts degree program at TCC. The TCC2FSU, TCC2FAMU and TCC2UWF programs may be especially attractive to students who hope to attend one of these universities but were not admitted initially. The Golden Guarantee programs give students a wider range of options for continuing their education and a strong foundation for continued success. Tallahassee Community College

is already the No. 1 transfer school to FSU and FAMU, and studies show that TCC students do well at these institutions and graduate at the same rate as their classmates who started at the university. They thrive in the classroom and in the community, having already developed connections on both campuses. Participating students benefit from personalized advising with transfer-focused TCC and FSU advisers, customized orientations, college success workshops, a simplified admission/transfer process, and support to help them stay on track and apply for limitedaccess programs as appropriate. To be accepted for a Golden Guarantee program, students must be entering TCC with 15 credit hours or less (excluding dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and similar credits). They must

be college-ready, with placement test scores that qualify them to enter directly into ENC1101 (College Composition) and MAT 1033 (Intermediate Algebra) or a higher-level math. They must also be willing to attend special events, orientation and advising with TCC and university advisers. The program is only for students who plan to transfer after earning their A.A. degree and does not apply to students who wish to transfer before graduating. In addition to participating in TCC’s rich campus life, Golden Guarantee students may have access to some university resources. For example, current TCC students who are accepted into the TCC2FSU program can purchase special membership passes for FSU recreation facilities and programs.

barry university

Barry Partners With Make-A-Wish* B a r r y University partnered with Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida to host a reveal party for a local wish kid. The reveal party was the opening event in a yearlong effort by Barry’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports and Exercise Science Department (SES) to continue funding the wishes of South Florida’s Wish Kids. The reveal party was for 14year old Nathan who was the recent recipient of a heart transplant and

suffers from muscular dystrophy. The party took place during Barry’s doubleheader basketball game against Eckerd. Nathan and family were the guests of honor at Barry’s Homecoming tailgate party prior to the game, and Nathan joined the men’s team as the “6th Man” before the game. During the reveal, Nathan found out that his wish to visit Atlantis, Paradise Island, The Bahamas will be granted. Since 2003, NCAA Division II schools have allied with Make-AWish® to connect student athletes directly to a charitable cause. Since 2009, Barry University has been one

of the number one wish granters among NCAA schools and in South Florida. Barry Athletics has raised more than $65,000 for the foundation in the past six years, granting the wishes of two children a year since 2011 and three children in 2014.


news from across the state palm beach atlantic university

Palm Beach Atlantic University Baseball Opener Begins with Celebration, Gift Announcement T h e day that P a l m Beach Atlantic University Sailfish baseball fans had long awaited began under clear skies with a slight chill and a great sense of anticipation in the air. As they stepped onto their brand new home fields for the first time on Feb. 3 to meet opponent Lynn University, the Sailfish made history on opening day at Rubin Park in

the heart of PBA’s Rinker Athletic Campus. During a brief ceremony prior to the game, University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. joined former President Dr. David Clark, Athletic Department officials and invited guests in thanking those whose generosity had made the day possible. >>>Read the full article here:

John J. Rinker of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, former PBA president Dr. David Clark and PBA President William M.B. Fleming Jr. gather during a ceremony prior to the first pitch at Rubin Park.

palm beach state college

Palm Beach State Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony For Fifth Campus Palm Beach State College recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its long-planned fifth campus slated to open in 2016. The campus will provide more convenient access to classes for residents in Palm Beach County’s growing west central communities. The campus site is located at the northwest corner of Southern and B Road in Loxahatchee Groves, a rural town that incorporated in 2007 and has about 3,000 residents. “This is an exciting day for me. It’s an exciting day for this community, and it is particularly exciting for what we’re going to be doing in Loxahatchee Groves,’’

Dr. Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College, told the more than 100 attendees, including local and state elected officials and community and business leaders. Palm Beach State sought Florida Board of Education approval to build a fifth campus after a 2005 study concluded that, based on the county’s projected population growth over the next 25 to 30 years, one would be needed. The Board of Education approved Palm Beach State’s request to build a campus in 2006. After considering several sites, the College finalized the purchase of the Loxahatchee Groves land in October 2012.

The first building, a threestory, 50,000 square-foot multipurpose classroom facility, will include classrooms and computer labs, administrative offices, a 250seat multi-purpose lecture hall and ancillary support spaces. It will contain 468 student stations. The College plans to add two additional buildings within five to seven years depending on enrollment and the availability of construction funding. The next two buildings will include labs, a library, cafeteria and study center.

Member institutions should submit content for possible inclusion in the next issue of this electronic newsletter by May 15, 2015. Articles should be 250-300 words in length and sent electronically to Photos and a current school logo are encouraged. FAC&U is the only organization comprised of all 70 college and university presidents in all three sectors of the non-profit private and public higher educational institutions in Florida; this includes all presidents from the State University System, the Florida College System and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.


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