Education

MARTHA D. SAUNDERS

PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA, PENSACOLA

President since 2017, Saunders began her career at UWF in the 1980s as a faculty member in the communications department. After leaving the university to become the first woman president at two other institutions, she returned to UWF in 2013 as provost and executive vice president. UWF, with more than 1,800 full-time faculty and staff and nearly 13,000 students, is the only university with a primary campus in an eight-county area of Northwest Florida.

EDUCATION University of Southern Mississippi (BA), University of Georgia (MA), Florida State University (Ph.D.)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION I began my career at an ad agency in Baltimore and spent a number of years as a communications professional. I was later invited to teach part time at a new high school and start a journalism program. I found I really enjoyed teaching.
SOMETHING SURPRISING At one time, I was a state-level soccer referee.
FLORIDA ISSUE Kindergarten readiness and professional readiness
ALTERNATE CAREER? Midwife

Randy Avent

Florida Polytechnic University

Alberto Carvalho

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

GRANT H. CORNWELL

ROLLINS COLLEGE

Tim Cost

Jacksonville University

Marshall Criser III

State University System

STEVEN CURRALL

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Julio Frenk

University of Miami

Kent Fuchs

University of Florida

BRENT GOLDMAN

XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY

Jonathan Hage

Charter Schools USA

George Hanbury

Nova Southeastern University

FEDRICK INGRAM

FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Garry Jones

Full Sail University

John Kelly

Florida Atlantic University

Anne Kerr

Florida Southern College

John Kirtley

Step Up for Students

Greg Marino

Kaplan Higher Education

Andres Moreno

Open Education

Ava Parker

Palm Beach State College

Mark Rosenberg

Florida International University

MARTHA D. SAUNDERS

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Larry Thompson

Ringling College of Art and Design

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa