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Florida Association of Colleges & Universities P.O. Box 15587 Tallahassee, FL 32317 (850) 488-4845

Held at the Reunion Resort in Kissimee Florida on Wednesday, June 4, the 2014 Florida Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference brought together presidents and other leaders from all sectors (non-profit, public and private) of higher education. Representatives from the State University System, the Florida College System and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida convened to discuss pressing issues in higher education.

Following a morning Board of Directors meeting, the conference kicked off with a luncheon provided in partnership with Florida Campus Compact featuring keynote speaker Lanny J. Davis. Davis, a lawyer, crisis manager, consultant, author, and television commentator, spoke of crisis management as it pertains to college and university presidents. He provided valuable information for handling the media, legal issues and public relations. As principal in the Washington law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, Davis represents individuals, countries, and companies in high stakes global crises, litigation, government investigations and crisis management. His clients have included Whole Foods, Starbucks and Penn State University, among others. Following his well-received luncheon address, Mr. Davis did a book signing for his latest book, Crisis Tales-Five Rules for Handling Scandal in Business, Politics and Life, of which all conference participants received a copy.

Opening lunch with Florida Campus Compact and featured speaker Lanny Davis pictured here with John Delaney (University of North Florida) and DeeDee Rasmussen( Florida Campus Compact)

Two afternoon programs included: Becoming a More Military-Friendly Campus: Serving Student Veterans and The Changing Tide of Technology in Higher Education. The final afternoon program, Peer-to-Peer Conversations, brought presidents and senior administrators together for valuable dialogue among colleagues. The session was facilitated by Dr. Jackson Sasser, president of Santa Fe College. The evening festivities began with a reception, followed by the dinner and awards program. Special guest Will Weatherford, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, was in attendance to receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Outgoing FAC&U president, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, handed the gavel to John Delaney, president of University of North Florida, as he steps into his new position as the 2014-2015 FAC&U president.

Dr. Ed Moore, President of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; and The Honorable Will Weatherford, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

FAC&U thanks all those who attended the conference as well as our sponsors, Blackboard, Pearson/Smart Thinking, Florida Trend Magazine, Metz Culinary and Valic, for making the 2014 FAC&U Annual Conference a great success! See you next year!


We are already looking forward to next year’s conference. Mark your calendars and plan to join us

June 3, 2015!

2013-2014 FAC&U President Sister Linda Bevilacqua and 2014-2015 FAC&U President John Delaney

President John Delaney (Univ. of North Florida); House Speaker Will Weatherford; President Sister Linda Bevilacqua (Barry Univ.); President Eileen Holden (Polk State College)

FAC&U Conference Highlights June 2014  

Florida Association of Colleges & Universities

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