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Florida College System Chancellor Visits EFSC

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May 4, 2022 - Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda visited Eastern Florida State College on Wednesday, meeting with senior college leaders, students and touring facilities.

six people - 5 EFSC students and FCS Chancellor Kathy Hebda
Standing from left to right are EFSC students Jasmine Slater, Demetrius Robinson, Kailey Dunne, Stephen Kirksey and Ian Vogt who met with FCS Chancellor Kathy Hebda, seated.

Hebda spent the morning on the Melbourne Campus where she received a first-hand look at new buildings such as the Health Sciences Institute, Student Union and Student Housing.

She also received a briefing on the college’s new 10-year master plan for the Cocoa Campus that will invest $87 million to construct  new academic buildings for high-tech and STEM programs, student housing and make a range of other major improvements.

"It was a great day of learning at Eastern Florida State College. I was privileged to meet with President Richey, staff, faculty, and students to learn about the many programs and partnerships that serve their community, represent the Florida College System, and contribute to Florida’s thriving workforce," said Hebda.

Kathy Hebda and Jim Richey
FCS Chancellor Kathy Hebda and EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey.

College President Dr. Jim Richey said he was honored to have Hebda on the campus and see some of the facilities that are providing students with state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and places where they can enjoy a full collegiate experience

“Chancellor Hebda’s leadership is an important reason why the Florida College System is recognized as one the top state college systems in the nation, and why students have excellent career opportunities at EFSC and other FSC schools,“ said Richey

“The visit gave her a chance to learn more about our many initiatives up-close and reflects her strong commitment to students from one end of Florida to the other.”

During her tour, Hebda met with several students to discuss their experience at EFSC. They were Jasmine Slater, Demetrius Robinson, Kailey Dunne, Stephen Kirksey and Ian Vogt.

She also met with faculty and staff including Vice Presidents Randy Fletcher, Jack Parker and Mark Cherry.

As Chancellor, Hebda leads a system comprised of 28 state colleges that currently serve just over 730,000 students annually.