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Florida Polytechnic University Selects its Second President


Dr. G. Devin Stephenson has been selected as the next president of Florida Polytechnic University, the only university in the state dedicated solely to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

The university’s board of trustees picked Stephenson from five finalists. After negotiations are finished, his selection must be approved by the state’s Board of Governors at its May or June meeting.

Currently president of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Stephenson was president/CEO of community colleges in Alabama, Missouri and Kentucky. He also served on the board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and chaired its Compliance and Reports Committee, among other things.

Cliff Otto, chair of the university’s board of trustees and former CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, said Stephenson “best embodies Florida Poly’s vision and values. His exceptional qualifications, unwavering dedication to education and visionary leadership make him the perfect fit for our institution. I’m confident that under Stephenson’s guidance, Florida Poly will continue to thrive, empowering students in STEM disciplines and shaping a promising future for generations to come.”

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