Florida Polytechnic University launches in Lakeland
Governor Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Board of Governors’ Member Wendy Link were among the speakers.
LAKELAND — Florida Polytechnic University welcomed students, government and higher education leaders to Lakeland Saturday to celebrate the launch of the first university in the state focused entirely on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Governor Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Honorable JD Alexander, Representative Seth McKeel, Architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava, and Dr. Randy Avent spoke at the event. Board of Governors’ Member Wendy Link spoke on behalf of the State University System of Florida.
“The very existence of Florida Polytechnic University demonstrates to our students, our businesses and our citizens that we are committed to producing more STEM graduates, driving the state economy, and ensuring that Florida continues to be a great place to live and grow a business,” Link said in her speech.
The launch follows two years of hard work by Ava Parker, the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees and dozens of other stakeholders. Dr. Randy Avent, who was confirmed by the Board of Governors in June as the university’s first president, has already hit the ground running.
“Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees and Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Polytechnic University will offer an outstanding STEM education for Florida students,” said Board of Governors Chair Mori Hosseini. “I’d like to welcome Florida Polytechnic University as the newest member of our State University System family.”
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.
Brittany Alana Davis