Learn About 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. 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’s Incomparable Environment

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.

Hodges University’s Involvement As A Community Resource

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


Hodges University President Dr. John Meyer
Hodges University Lavern Norris Gaynor President's Chair Logo
2017-2018 Hodges University President's Report
Southwest Florida Workforce Overview Study 2018 by FutureMakers Coalition

Hodges University’s Leadership

Hodges University is governed by a Board of Trustees and directed by academic and administrative leaders. Together, they ensure the fulfillment of the university’s mission, uphold its core values, and manage its operations and academic affairs.

Board of Trustees

Board Officers (Term Expires October 2019)

Clyde Quinby, Chair, Real Estate Broker

Jerry Nichols, Vice Chair, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Benefits

2019 Class (Term Expires October 2019)

Michael Prioletti, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Branch Manager – Private Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Keith Arnold, Senior Principal – Government Relations, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Gerard McHale, Jr., Owner/President, McHale, P.A.

2020 Class (Term Expires October 2020) 

Sandra Stilwell Youngquist, owner and CEO, Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group

Todd Gates, Chairman, GATES Construction

Leslie King III, Private Management Consultant

2021 Class (Term Expires October 2021)

Clyde Quinby, Real Estate Broker

Gillian Cummings-Beck, Director, Insurance and Risk Management, Chico’s FAS, Inc.

Richard Pitbladdo, Owner, PBJ Group

William Barton, Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, Wilson Miller, Inc.

Jerry Nichols, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Benefits

Vicki Tracy, Executive Sales Director, The Arlington


John D. Meyer, President

Erica Vogt, Secretary and Treasurer

Executive Council

President John D. Meyer

Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Marie Collins

Executive Vice President of Administrative Operations Erica Vogt

Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Information Officer Teresa Araque

Hodges University’s Mission, Vision & 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


Institutional Objectives

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

  • More effectively share the Hodges story with students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends of the University and our communities, and implement initiatives—often through partnerships with stakeholders—that serve our communities.
  • Develop innovative ways for students to interact with the broader community so that the Hodges experience is broader, deeper and more relevant.
  • Recognize the geographical opportunities and responsibilities that are present in Southwest Florida, the state of Florida and our region.

Institutional Growth

  • Strengthen Hodges’ network of individuals and institutions to expand the institution’s sphere of influence.
  • Secure new external revenue sources (scholarships, grants, support of capital projects) to support the institution.
  • Build toward the future through effective strategic planning and implementation.
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