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NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson selected to lead Florida Polytechnic University

Dr. Devin Stephenson, the current President of Northwest Florida State College, has been selected as the next President of Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland, FL), according to a statement from Lori […]

Dr. Devin Stephenson, the current President of Northwest Florida State College, has been selected as the next President of Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland, FL), according to a statement from Lori Kelley, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Northwest Florida State College.

  • The announcement followed a vote by the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees during a public meeting on Monday, April 15.

In her statement, Kelley praised Dr. Stephenson’s visionary leadership over the past eight years, which has profoundly impacted the institution.

“His dedication and strategic insight have not only enhanced our academic offerings but have also strengthened the College’s relationship with the greater Panhandle community, setting a high bar for institutional excellence,” Kelley said.

During his tenure at Northwest Florida State College, Dr. Stephenson has overseen an era of significant growth and achievement. His leadership has been instrumental in preparing students for success in their future endeavors.

  • Kelley expressed gratitude for Dr. Stephenson’s commitment and leadership, stating, “We are excited to see him bring his transformative vision to Florida Polytechnic University.”
NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new on-campus student housing in Niceville.

The Board of Trustees at Northwest Florida State College will share details regarding the search process for Dr. Stephenson’s successor in due course. In the meantime, the College says they remain committed to their mission of excellence and innovation in higher education.

Stephenson was one of five finalists selected by the University’s Presidential Search Committee, and who visited campus recently for interviews with the Board of Trustees and forums with students and employees. 

  • “Through diligent effort and collaborative engagement, we have identified Dr. G. Devin Stephenson as the candidate who best embodies Florida Poly’s vision and values,” Cliff Otto, chair of the Board of Trustees, said. “His exceptional qualifications, unwavering dedication to education, and visionary leadership make him the perfect fit for our institution. I’m confident that under Stephenson’s guidance, Florida Poly will continue to thrive, empowering students in STEM disciplines and shaping a promising future for generations to come.”

During Stephenson’s tenure at Northwest Florida State College, the Foundation’s assets have increased to over $63 million, grant acquisitions have surpassed $66 million, and enhanced legislative appropriations have exceeded $40 million.

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