President's Message: Accomplishments and successes are what define Flagler College
Apr 8, 2014
As many of you already know, Flagler College has been dealing with an unfortunate situation involving misreported admissions data. While this serious incident has been one of the most difficult challenges of my presidency, it has not diminished in any way Flagler College’s proud history of providing an outstanding educational experience for students.
We have a strong commitment to teaching and student learning at the undergraduate level. Our students flourish under the mentorship of professors and staff who care for students, inspire them to learn, and push them to reach beyond what they perceive to be their limits.
Stories in this issue of Flagler College Magazine underscore this commitment of providing a nurturing environment in which students are challenged to learn, grow, develop, and succeed.
Professor Felix Livingston has started a new minor at Flagler to teach students of all disciplines – majors and minors – about honorable entrepreneurship and the importance of ethics in business practices. Our students, faculty, and staff have launched the Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine that helps to tell and preserve the rich history of the Nation’s Oldest City in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our athletic teams continue to compete in the Peach Belt Conference and to be recognized for sportsmanship on and off the field, and Jud Damon, our athletic director, was recognized by the NCAA with a major honor in 2013 — the Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award.
There are also stories of students and alumni who continue to excel in their chosen fields, maintaining the high standards that we have established at Flagler College.
We are a stronger and a better institution of higher education than we were five years ago, and we will continue to improve and prosper in the next five years and beyond.
Integrity, accountability, and transparency are values that we embrace as an institution of higher education. This recent situation does not define our college, nor does it diminish all the positive accomplishments that our students, alumni, faculty, and staff have achieved during the past 45 years.
We will get through this situation because of the dedication and commitment of our stakeholders – administrators, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the College. We will emerge a stronger institution because of the loyal support of alumni, donors, parents, and friends like you.