President's Speeches

EXCELerate 2018

Delivered April 20, 2018 at EXCELerate

Wow!  Good evening.  What a tremendous night.  I think you now know why I’m so proud of our students, aren’t they great?  They certainly are a hard act to follow.  Thank you, Andre, and each of you standing up here, for being part of this celebratory night.  I’d like to also thank our Presidential Ambassadors who welcomed our guests and showed many of you to your tables.  All of our students are moving into exams next week and we appreciate their time tonight.

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Spring 2017 Commencement

Delivered April 28, 2017

“Over the past three years I’ve watched our students, faculty and staff work hard to succeed – as individuals – and as leaders and entrepreneurs building a new institution.  As Florida Poly transitions from a startup into an established university, I’ve been reflecting on how we’ve been able to accomplish so much in such a short time.”

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Founder’s Day 2016

Delivered April 20, 2016

“As you all know, Florida Poly is here today because of the vision, the belief, and the perseverance of many steadfast supporters. Each and every one of you here today are among them. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and the role you played in getting us where we are today.”

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Delivered October 8, 2015

“What makes Florida Polytechnic University so special is that, because it is a new institution, we can do things differently right from the start without having to uproot an existing campus culture. We can weave experimentation, agility and efficiency into the fabric of the institution and instill those same values in our students, faculty and staff.”

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Delivered August 16, 2014

“We have a unique opportunity to do something different with this university. To build a university that has economic development ingrained in its culture. A university that provides core education in high-tech areas that will fuel the Florida economy for the next century – a university that rewards faculty for solving industry problems and commercializing its research.”

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