Join some of the state’s thought leaders in economic development, K-12 education, higher ed and philanthropy for an open discussion on how communities can partner to ensure college access and success for all Florida students.
Florida’s rapidly-changing economic and demographic landscape makes improving college access and success for all students—especially students from traditionally underrepresented groups—an imperative in the 21st century global economy. At the 3rd Annual Florida College Access and Success Summit in Tampa, four prominent Florida thought leaders from economic development, philanthropy, K-12 and higher education, will discuss the challenges of this “new normal” and how communities can work together to develop effective solutions. The opening plenary session from 9:00am to 10:30am on October 16 will be moderated by Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent
Dr. Jim Dewey, Director of Economic Analysis, Florida Polytechnic University
Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, State University System of Florida
Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation
Mary Chance, President, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
Alberto Carvalho was selected both as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and the 2014 Florida Superintendent of the Year. Since his 2008 appointment as head of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Carvalho has overseen a slew of college access initiatives. A first-generation college graduate himself, Carvalho has been credited with sending higher rates of low-income students to college, vastly expanding the district’s Advanced Placement class offerings and improving AP test scores, particularly among traditionally underrepresented minorities, an accomplishment for which the College Board awarded Miami-Dade County Public Schools as its 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year. He was recently named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America.
As a professor and Director of Economic Analysis at the newly launched Florida Polytechnic University, Dr. Jim Dewey will lead the development of economics courses that complement the STEM program and build an applied economic analysis program to conduct research of interest to Florida’s residents and policy makers. He most recently served as director of the Economic Analysis Program at University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He is the co-author of the 2014 report Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed studies and technical reports. From 2006-2010, he taught Managerial Economics at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, where he served as a University Scholars Program faculty mentor and was 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year. His areas of expertise include urban and regional economics, public economics and applied microeconomics.
In the early days of a career that now spans three decades, Dr. Jan Ignash was part of Indiana University’s launch of a new college in Malaysia to educate students in a handful of majors important to build the Asian country’s middle class. Since then, she has developed a reputation for collaboratively creating and implementing policy and for her keen understanding of strategic planning and legislative processes affecting higher education. Now the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the State University System of Florida, she most recently served as deputy director and chief academic officer for the State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, where she played a lead role in developing the state’s strategic master plan for higher education.
Paul J. Luna is President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation which is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. During his tenure, Helios has invested more than $142 million into education-related investments in Arizona and Florida. Mr. Luna attended Stanford University as a first generation college student and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to his role at Helios, he currently serves on the America’s Promise Board of Directors and the National College Access Network Board of Directors.