Hodges University, an independent, non-profit institution of higher learning, today announced that Terry P. McMahan, President, will retire and that Dr. Jeanette Brock, currently Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University, will succeed him as President. This leadership succession plan has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2013.
Dr. Brock has been in higher education for more than 30 years, half of which serving in her current position with Hodges University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her juris doctor degree from the Rutgers School of Law. Dr. Brock was an adult student like many of the students who attend Hodges University, giving her the experience of earning her degrees while working and raising a family.
McMahan has provided guidance to the institution for more than 20 years, overseeing its transformation from a small storefront college into a university with approximately 2,900 students in 24 undergraduate and eight graduate degree programs of study. Hodges University now has owned campuses in Naples and Fort Myers as well as learning sites in Immokalee, Avon Park, New Port Richey, Brooksville, Spring Hill and Key West.
Upon his retirement, McMahan will become the first President Emeritus for Hodges University, assisting with donor support, advancement and local community relations.
“We are truly indebted to President McMahan for the longstanding leadership and guidance that he has provided over the last two decades,” said John Agnelli, Chairman of the Board for Hodges University. “We believe the culture that has been established here will continue under the able management and vision of Dr. Brock. She brings outstanding academic experience to the position and knows this institution as well as anyone.”
During the tenures of McMahan and Dr. Brock, along with retiring Executive Vice President of Administration John White, the following milestones have been achieved:
- Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 1998 as a Level II Institution (bachelor’s level)
- Accreditation by the SACSCOC in 1999 as a Level III Institution (masters level)
- Successful 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation with SACSCOC in 2003
- Addition of six associate degree programs, seven bachelor degree programs and eight master degree programs to the curricula of the University along with distance education courses, online degree programs and other education programs
- Establishment of four schools (including the named Johnson School of Business, the Nichols School of Professional Studies and the Fisher School of Technology)
- Establishment of the Lavern Norris Gaynor President’s Chair in 2006
- The renaming of the institution from International College to Hodges University in 2007 in honor of long-time residents and supporters Earl and Thelma Hodges.
- Establishment of five buildings over 38 acres with the recent addition of a student union building in Fort Myers.
- Establishment of continuing education programs such as the English as a Second Language Program, The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning and the Hispanic Institute.
- New initiatives such as the Professional Development Center, Office of Diversity, the Veterans Services Center and the Hodges University Alumni Association.
Dr. Brock will assume the Chair of the Lavern Norris Gaynor Office of President on July 1, 2013. McMahan and White have committed to working with Dr. Brock to make sure that Hodges University successfully completes several initiatives, including reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2013.
"This leadership team, along with our outstanding faculty and dedicated employees, have built a strong and growing university which has historically focused on meeting the academic needs of the professionals within our community,” said Keith Arnold, Vice Chairman of the Board for Hodges University. “With Dr. Brock assuming the duties as President of Hodges University, our commitment to providing a quality education to these professionals and traditional students alike, will continue to be the focal point of our institution and every person associated with Hodges University.”