Education

RANDY K. AVENT

PRESIDENT, FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, LAKELAND

Florida Poly was created in 2012 to develop a pipeline of high-tech talent to tackle Florida’s shortage of professionals in STEM fields. The university’s graduates have a median starting salary of $54,800. The school recently achieved ABET accreditation, “which means the quality of our degrees is now internationally recognized,” says Avent, who was founding president in 2014.

EDUCATION UNC-Chapel Hill (BA, MA, Ph.D.), North Carolina State University (MA)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION I went from wanting to be a dirt bike mechanic at a local Honda shop in high school to pursuing a degree in zoology and studying neurophysiology, to then becoming an engineer and eventually taking an unexpected path to university president.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I enjoy woodworking and metal working. I build furniture in part because I like working with my hands.

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