Presidents Welcome

Learn Why Hodges University Is A Distinctive University in Southwest Florida

Meet Dr. Meyer and Hodges University

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. We have a campus in Fort Myers, 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’s Incomparable Environment

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

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.

Hodges University also 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.

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Hodges University’s Mission, Vision, and Pillars

Mission Statement

Hodges University—a private nonprofit institution—prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors.

Vision Statement

Hodges University will be recognized for excellence in career-focused inclusive education and community engagement.

Institutional Pillars

  • Programmatic Excellence
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Community Engagement
  • Institutional Growth
  • Institutional Objectives
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Institutional Objectives

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Programmatic Excellence

  • Continuously improve Hodges’ product portfolio to meet community and employer needs.
  • For academic programs, increase the likelihood of student enrollment, retention, graduation, and employment.
  • For non-academic programs, serve community needs and the interests of participants.
  • Develop innovative programs for unmet, emerging, and future needs within our communities, for the benefit of regional employers and our students.
  • Put on hiatus or retire programs that no longer meet institutional and community stakeholder objectives.

Operational Effectiveness

  • Attract and retain a qualified, diverse workforce and increase the positive impact of individual employees.
  • Implement process improvements that increase efficiency and that improve the quality of service to students and other stakeholders.
  • Focus efforts on the financial health of the institution.

Community Engagement

Institutional Growth

Board of Trustees

2022 Class (Term Expires October 2022):

  • Tiffany Esposito, President and CEO, SWFL, Inc.
  • Gerard A. McHale, Jr., Owner/President, Gerard A. McHale, Jr., P.A Gerard A. McHale, Jr., Owner/President, Gerard A. McHale, Jr., P.A

2023 Class (Term Expires October 2023):

  • Marisa Cleveland, Ed.D., Executive Director, The Seymour Agency
  • Dianne Hamberg, Vice President & Branch Leader, BB&T now Truist
  • Leslie H. King III, Private Management Consultant
  • Marilyn Santiago, Partner/CMO Creative Architectural Resin Products, Inc.

2024 Class (Term Expires October 2024):

  • Diana Giraldo, E3 Building Sciences
  • Randy Henderson, Corbin Henderson Company
  • Michele Hylton-Terry, Executive Director, City of Fort Myers
  • Sam Lewis, Founder/CEO, Wear the Fund
  • Tamika Seaton, President & CEO, Grow Your Non-Profit
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  • John Meyer, President
  • Melissa Mitro, Treasurer
  • Rigo Rincones Gómez, Secretary
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