Education

AVA PARKER

PRESIDENT, PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE, WEST PALM BEACH

After law school, Parker started her career as an assistant public defender in Miami-Dade. She later worked as assistant general counsel for the state transportation department. She has extensive experience throughout the state’s higher-ed system, serving on UCF’s board, on the state’s Board of Governors for 10 years, and then overseeing the launch of Florida Polytechnic University as executive vice president and COO. She became Palm Beach State’s president in 2015 and oversaw the completion of the college’s fifth campus in Loxahatchee Groves. The fourth-largest institution in the state college system, Palm Beach is majority minority, has nearly 49,000 students and offers more than 130 programs. “It’s our job to show students their path to ‘you can’ when they’re perhaps not sure they can,” she says.

EDUCATION University of Florida (BA, JD)
CIVIC CONTRIBUTION The means that we have provided our community to retool and bounce back after the pandemic. Students could select from a list of over 24 programs that specifically respond to industry demands in the county.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I like to sing and have a pretty good alto/tenor voice.
NEW HOBBY I have a new-found interest in national parks. I am determined to make it to Mount Rushmore this summer!
ADMIRES NextEra Energy because of the way that the company is stretching itself to think beyond its primary business lines. I am impressed with the interest in renewables and the understanding of the difference that it is going to make in the future.
READING Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck

Randy Avent

Florida Polytechnic University

ALEXANDER N. CARTWRIGHT

University of Central Florida

Alberto Carvalho

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

GARY CHARTRAND

Children's Movement

GRANT H. CORNWELL

ROLLINS COLLEGE

Tim Cost

Jacksonville University

Marshall Criser III

State University System

Julio Frenk

University of Miami

Kent Fuchs

University of Florida

BRENT GOLDMAN

XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Jonathan Hage

Charter Schools USA

Gregory Adam Haile

Broward College

George Hanbury

Nova Southeastern University

Garry Jones

Full Sail University

John Kelly

Florida Atlantic University

Anne Kerr

Florida Southern College

John Kirtley

Step Up for Students

Greg Marino

Kaplan North America

Andres Moreno

Open Education

Ava Parker

Palm Beach State College

MADELINE PUMARIEGA

Miami Dade College

Mark Rosenberg

Florida International University

MARTHA D. SAUNDERS

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

Larry Thompson

Ringling College of Art and Design

Richard Weissman

The Learning Experience