PRESIDENT & CEO, NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, DAVIE
Early in his working life, Hanbury pursued a degree in engineering, paying for school with a construction job working on the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, washing dishes and running a feed and seed store in Blacksburg, Va. He changed his focus to law, then — inspired by JFK’s “ask what you can do for your country” speech — to public service. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic. For 30 years, he worked as a city manager for communities in Virginia and then in Fort Lauderdale. He served as NSU’s COO and executive vice president before becoming president in 2011.
A swimmer and voracious reader, Hanbury presides over a university with nearly 21,000 students in 18 colleges and schools that offer more than 150 programs of study, with professional degrees in the social sciences, law, business, both osteopathic and allopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, education and nursing, among others. He has made research a priority for the school and also has made the school a significant player in Broward County economic development efforts. This fall, NSU plans to open a 200-bed community hospital that will become a teaching and research facility integrated with its clinics, research centers and clinical trials.