Education

LARRY R. THOMPSON

PRESIDENT, RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, SARASOTA

Thompson has been president of the 1,600-plus-student school for 22 years. A “left-brain guy in a right-brain environment,” Thompson has an undergraduate degree in math and is also a lawyer who practiced for years before entering academia. Earlier in his career, he raised money for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and served as the hall’s founding director and CEO. In 2019, Ringling opened its Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College.

EDUCATION Wittenberg University (BA), Ohio State University (JD), California State University Los Angeles (MS)
WOULD CHANGE about Florida I would change continued emphasis on STEM-STEM-STEM. It is legacy thinking, not thinking for the future. ... The most important skill that people will need in the future is creative thinking.
ADMIRES Teri Hansen, president of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota. She is a true visionary in the non-profit world and is extremely articulate, energetic, creative, sensitive, caring and strong.
READING The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson

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