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    Laverne Norris Gaynor President's Chair Logo

    As not only an alumnus of Hodges University, but also its president, I feel I am uniquely qualified to welcome you to this wonderful institution. We are a regionally accredited, private, nonprofit institution, originally founded in 1990 and proudly serving Southwest Florida ever since. Our university has expanded to meet the needs of our community - the world around us - with campuses in both Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, and educational outreach including not only traditional on-campus instruction, but also online courses and programs.

    Our mission is to prepare students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional and civic endeavors.

    Hodges University provides a learning environment unlike any other institution in the region by offering:

    • certificate, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs;
    • flexible schedules of day, evening, blended, and online classes;
    • courses taught by professors who are current or former practitioners in their respective fields; and
    • programming designed to help students leverage what they have learned at work.

    In addition, many of our programs help our students attain professional credentials in areas such as nursing, public accounting, and mental health counseling. Others lead to industry certification. Military veterans, active duty service members, and their families can obtain assistance with their educational goals through our Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center.

    In addition, Hodges University offers an outstanding and comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program that offers English language immersion to non-native speakers of English who want to increase their fluency. More than 25 different countries are typically represented among our ESL student population.

    Finally, we are an asset integral to the Southwest Florida region, responsive as both a point of access to higher education for students and as partners in broader economic and social development. We are proud of our role in this wonderful community, and we view the resultant responsibility very seriously. Along with our ongoing commitment to helping provide skilled and well-qualified employees to the growing local workforce, we continuously seek to identify other ways our institution can serve Southwest Florida.

    I invite you to explore all Hodges University has to offer and discover for yourself what sets us apart from other institutions of higher education. I believe you’ll be impressed by what this university has to offer.

    Yours sincerely,

    John D. Meyer, DBA

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