Hodges University announces retirement of President Dr. Jeanette Brock

Hodges University News

Hodges University today announced the planned retirement of President Dr. Jeanette Brock, effective December 31, 2014. Dr. Brock’s retirement concludes a career of more than 30 years in higher education, including nearly two decades of service with the independent, non-profit institution of higher learning.

 The Board of Trustees of Hodges University has reluctantly accepted Dr. Brock’s letter of retirement and is now conducting a nationwide search for a successor. It is anticipated the new President will be in place when the next fiscal year commences on July 1, 2015.

“We are very grateful to Jan for her leadership and direction with this institution over the last two decades,” said John Agnelli, Chairman of the Board for Hodges University. “Her outstanding academic experience and knowledge of this institution served us especially well during her tenure as President as we now transition to the next level of leadership.”

Dr. Brock, 65, joined Hodges University in 1995 as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. She was appointed as President of the institution in 2013 to succeed long-time President Terry P. McMahan. Dr. Brock earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her juris doctor degree from the Rutgers School of Law. Like many of the students who attend Hodges University, Dr. Brock was an adult student giving her the experience of earning her degrees while working and raising a family.

During the tenure of Dr. Brock, the following milestones have been achieved:

  • Reaffirmation of the university’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Hodges University was first accredited by the SACSCOC in 1998, and last year an on-site visit from a team of educators representing the Commission reported zero recommendations.
  • The launch of one of the first Competency-based learning (CBL) initiatives in the State of Florida, offering STEM programs in a self-paced, academically rigorous option that is especially designed form adult learners and non-traditional students.
  • The opening of the state-of-the-art BB&T Finance Lab at the institution’s Fort Myers campus featuring full-color rolling LED ticker with live fee; LCD monitors providing live video and breaking news reports; and seating for up to 20 students.
  • The establishment of a fifth school of study – the School of Liberal Studies, housing the English as a Second Language Program, Digital Communication, general education courses and the University’s Quality Enhancement Program.
  • The introduction of newly developed scholarship initiatives, including the Jeanette Weatherbee Brock High School Scholarship and the First Generation Scholarship (this will be launched at a reception to be held on November 13).
  • The addition of several new programs of study introduced, including Biomedical Science (Associates and Bachelors level), Occupational Therapy Assistant (to be launched in January 2015), Digital Media and Communications, a certificate program in Health Informatics, Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration program and a Marketing and Branding program.
  • Naming of the Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center, which provides a variety of resources for student veterans, including GI Bill processing and information, details on available counseling, workshops and Veterans organization contacts, peer to peer support groups for student veterans and community involvement.

“Under Jan’s guidance, the faculty and staff of Hodges University continued to improve our model of serving the unique academic needs of professionals in our community,” said Keith Arnold, Vice Chairman of the Board for Hodges University. “Moving forward, our commitment remains to provide a quality education to these professionals and traditional students alike to enable them to achieve their personal and professional objectives.”

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