Hodges University Announces New President

Donald Wortham

The Board of Trustees at Hodges University has announced Donald W. Wortham, Ph.D. as the new President of the institution. Wortham will lead the university, which offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online.

Wortham comes to Hodges from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, MN where he has served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives since 2012. Before he entered his current role, Wortham served as the Executive Director of Extended Studies at CSS from 2009 to 2012. He has previously held senior positions at the American Higher Education Development Corporation. Wortham began his career in higher education when he served as the Executive Director of Unext/Cardean Learning Group in Deerfield, IL.

Hodges University has campus locations in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida. John Agnelli, Chairman of the Board of Trustees shared, “Dr. Donald Wortham is the kind of leader who we envisioned when we launched our search for the next president of Hodges University. His depth of experience in new delivery models and track record of pursuing innovation is a strong fit with the university’s needs at this important juncture in its history.”

Wortham earned his Ph.D. and MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before attending graduate school he graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in history and the literature of religions. “Hodges University is poised to become a national leader in higher education,” said Wortham. “I am honored to have been selected to lead Hodges into its next phase, and build on its legacy of excellence. I am very pleased to be joining the communities of Fort Myers and Naples, and the greater southwestern Florida area.”

“Hodges University is renowned as leader among institutions of higher education in the state of Florida. Dr. Wortham is a visionary who will provide the leadership that we need to guide the university as we respond to the needs of our communities well into the future,” said Keith Arnold, Vice Chairman of the Hodges University Board of Trustees.

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