Dr. Stephens Receives the FAC&U 2013 Distinguished Service Award
South Florida State College President Dr. Norm Stephens Jr. recently received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities (FAC&U). The award presentation took place at the association’s annual meeting on June 5 in Orlando.
Since 1969, the FAC&U annually recognizes outstanding and dedicated individuals who have demonstrated exceptional involvement or made significant contributions to not-for-profit higher education in Florida, both public and private.
“I nominated Norm because I have watched and admired his leadership for many years,” said Dr. Eileen Holden, president, Polk State College, and chair, FAC&U Distinguished Service Award Committee. “He possesses the attributes that all presidents want to emulate.”
To be considered for the Distinguished Service Award nominators must include a brief biographical sketch, statement of reasons why nominee deserves the award, nominee’s contributions to local community and state, list of recognitions and awards related to education, and letters of support.
“Stephens is highly regarded as a president who believes every employee, whether it’s the custodian or the long-time department head, contributes to the effectiveness of the institution,” Holden said in a nomination letter to the FAC&U. “Dr. Stephens’ tireless pursuit of innovation, inspiring brand of leadership, and unwavering commitment to student success justify the honor.”
“At the point when others might feel they’ve done enough to serve their students, he just keeps going,” Holden said. “No detail is too small for his concern. No big-picture initiative is too ambitious. If it will help his students succeed in college, earn their degrees, and build better lives for themselves and their families, Dr. Stephens will make it happen.”
Established in 1933, the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities is the only non-governmental organization in Florida that represents the common interests of all three sectors of the state’s higher educational systems – state universities, public community colleges, and private, independent colleges and universities.