President's Welcome | Hodges University
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    Laverne Norris Gaynor President's Chair LogoThank you for taking time to explore Hodges University. We are the only private, nonprofit university in Southwest Florida that was established here originally. Our roots and our graduates’ success run deep in Collier and Lee counties. Over the years, we have expanded our outreach through online courses and programs, although our face-to-face instruction is still our most popular method to help our students learn.

    We offer more than 25 programs at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s levels as well as a comprehensive English as a Second Language program serving students from more than 20 different countries. In addition, Hodges University fulfills educational and personal enrichment needs for area seniors through courses and programs in the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning.

    Our campus locations are also designed to maximize your learning experience. The thriving campus in Fort Myers offers a state-of-the-art library with study rooms available for individual or team research, while the Naples campus hosts our physical therapist assistant program lab and excellent classrooms and meeting spaces. Both locations provide you with small class sizes, advanced computer and science labs, and all the tools you need to succeed in the classroom.

    We take our role in the community very seriously. Besides contributing skilled and well-qualified employees to the growing local workforce, we are constantly identifying ways our institution can help the very fabric of our area. For example, Hodges University established the Hispanic Institute and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, both which serve as resources for Southwest Florida. We also host a variety of events that highlight our commitment to diversity, such as the annual Hodges University Diversity Festival.

    Much of our success is attributable to a curriculum that is uniquely catered to students of all ages who balance their academic obligations while maintaining full-time jobs and family responsibilities. By offering flexible scheduling of day, evening and weekend classes, online learning opportunities, and 24/7 online access, we have created a learning environment unlike any other in the region.

    The real key to the Hodges University experience lies in our faculty and staff. Not only do our faculty members bring real-world experience to the classroom, but they are deeply concerned about our students and consistently engage them in the learning process. From the moment you walk onto campus for the first time, our staff will guide you every step of the way, from your first visit to the first day of classes to the final walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Our focus is always on you, our students, and on your path to success.

    Please know that your goals are our goals… to help you achieve the skills and knowledge you need to find a job and to start a career. Hodges University is just the place for you to achieve your educational dreams, and we will be there to help each and every day!

    Donald Wortham

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