In May 2018, three strong university leaders, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), The Hon. John Delaney of University of North Florida and Dr. Nat Glover of Edward Waters College, will end their tenures at their respective institutions.
An article in The Financial News & Daily Record covered luncheon on Feb. 26 to commemorate these esteemed presidents’ achievements. Hosted by JAXUSA Partnership and moderated by Jacksonville University’s Rick Mullaney, the panel discussion revealed insight on their legacies, diversity, leadership and Jacksonville’s future.
While there were many highlights of the 30-minute program, the presence of these true trailblazers in Jacksonville’s history on one stage was of particular importance. The ‘firsts’ exemplified by the panelist include:
• Dr. Bioteau was the first woman hired as president at FSCJ;
• President Delaney was elected the first Republican Mayor of Jacksonville since Reconstruction; and
• Dr. Glover was the first African-American sheriff elected in Florida.
The event came two days after another new leader of higher education was inaugurated in the region. Flagler College in St. Augustine formally installed Joseph G. Joyner at a ceremony on Feb. 24 attended by other Florida university presidents and elected officials.
For more from President Delaney, listen to the latest episode of The JAX Current in which he talks about the university’s past, present and future and the next-generation talent enrolling and graduating from the school.