Florida Poly News

Florida Poly Has Outstanding Community Support!

Thank you to all the business and community leaders from around Polk County who have shown their support for Florida Poly. Last month, the city of Lakeland, Florida Poly Vision and the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce held a special reception at the Lakeland Center to welcome Ava Parker, Chief Operating Officer.  Lakeland Mayor Gow […]

Students Are Enjoying the Merit Summer Robotics Program

The Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow (Merit) Summer Robotics Program is in full swing, and the students are having a blast so far! The four-week summer program allows high school students to learn about medical imaging, radiation, pharmacotherapy, renewable energy, sterilization, and surgical robotics. 

Florida Poly Names First Faculty Member

Robert I. MacCuspie, Ph.D. a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been named the first faculty member at Florida Poly. He has more than seven years of experience working in government national labs and has held research positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Admissions Team Set to Begin Student Recruitment Process!

Students eager to apply to Florida Poly won’t have to wait much longer, as two seasoned professionals have been hired to head up the recruitment and admissions process. Scott Rhodes has been named the new Executive Director of Admissions and Beth A. Pierpont is the Associate Director.

Five BOT Members Reappointed by Board of Governors

The Florida Board of Governors approved a recommendation by its Nominating and Development Committee to reappoint five members of our charter Board of Trustees in a conference call this afternoon.

May 2013 Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University May 2013 construction photos.

Governor Scott Re-appoints Six Trustees

Governor Scott Re-appoints Six Trustees Six members of the Florida Poly Board of Trustees were among 42 people re-appointed to boards and commissions throughout the state by Governor Rick Scott.

Florida Poly Co-Hosts Robotics Camp

Florida Poly is partnering with the Robotics Institute and Center for Urology at Winter Haven Hospital and All Saints Academy to offer a four-week summer camp that gives high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with robotics. The camp begins June 3. The innovative program named MERIT (Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for […]

Faculty and Staff Recruitment Updates

While construction workers are busy working to complete the Innovation, Science and Technology Building, we are busy working to fill it with top faculty and students.

April 2013 Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University April 2013 construction photos.

Non-Tenure Faculty Model and BOG Work Plan Approved

The Board of Trustees has approved several key recommendations that will impact faculty and student recruitment. Based on the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the Board approved establishing a non-tenure model. Faculty will be offered fixed term, multi-year contracts that will be renewed based on performance.

Florida Poly Proposes Non- Tenure Model For New Faculty

As Florida Polytechnic University begins its faculty recruitment efforts, the Academic Affairs Committee has proposed that the university adopt a non-tenure model. Instead of tenure, or tenure-track, new faculty members will sign fixed term, multi-year contracts. The contract length will be for either nine or twelve months and may be renewable.

New Bill Will Help Florida Poly Prepare Students for College

Florida Governor Rick Scott held a press conference in conjunction with his signing of SB 1076 which will provide middle and high school students an opportunity to obtain certifications in various STEM related fields. Florida Polytechnic University COO Ava Parker participated in the event as did state university presidents Machen (UF), Baron (FSU), Robinson (FAMU) […]

Dr. Santiago Calatrava Attends Topping Out Ceremony

Our new Innovation, Science and Technology Building is one step closer to completion as the steel framework is now finished! To celebrate this milestone, a crowd of more than 250 people joined us for a “Topping Out” Ceremony.

Florida Poly Names Foundation Board

A group of eleven business, community and industry leaders have been named to the charter Foundation Board of Directors at Florida Polytechnic University.

March 2013 Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University March 2013 construction photos.

Florida Poly Chair Gidel and COO Parker Update Board of Governors on Progress of University

The importance of creating a polytechnic university in Florida, student recruitment and developing partnerships were among the topics discussed when Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees Chair Rob Gidel and Chief Operating Officer Ava Parker updated the Florida Board of Governors on the progress of Florida’s newest university. It was the first time the pair […]

Florida Poly Proposes Degree Programs, Plans for Student Recruitment

LAKELAND – Following months of research and discussions with academic consultants, Florida Polytechnic University’s Strategic Planning Committee has recommended five degree programs in the College of Innovation and Technology and the College of Engineering.

February 2013 Construction Photos

  Florida Polytechnic University February 2013 construction photos.

Board of Trustees Pursue Organizational Structure, Academic Vision

The Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees held a retreat February 4th and 5th and the Hyatt Regency located in Orlando.  This press release was issued afterward.

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