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ST. LUCIE COUNTY --
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County selected Edwin R. Massey, president of Indian River State College as the first recipient of the Peter Hegener Leadership Award, named in honor of the late Paul J. "Pete" Hegener, former president of Core Communities and the visionary behind the development of Tradition, the 8,000 acre master-planned community south of St. Lucie West.
"Pete was well known throughout Florida and in St. Lucie County, in particular, for his leadership and vision for business development," said Richard A. Houghten, chairman and CEO/president of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies.
"In selecting the first-ever recipient for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award, Dr. Massey shares the same vision and philosophies that exemplify true leadership."
The award is presented to an individual who possesses all of the traits of superior leadership and has a demonstrated record of accomplishments that promote and enhance community and economic development.
The selected individual must exhibit commitment to a vision and must also possess an extraordinary ability to recognize and work with the talents of other individuals, being able to put their interests ahead of his or her personal goals.
Dr. Massey was appointed Indian River State College's third president in 1988. He came to the college in 1973 as a biology professor and held several administrative positions prior to becoming President.
He earned his doctorate in zoology, with an emphasis in marine biochemistry, from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed post-graduate studies in evolutionary biochemistry at Duke University.
Dr. Massey serves on various local, state and national boards including as chairman of the Florida Articulation Coordinating Council and Florida task force on the study of biotech competitiveness.
The award was presented during the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County's inaugural leadership dinner held Jan. 10 at the PGA Village Island Club.
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to encourage a competitive environment that nurtures clusters of industries employing state-of-the-art technologies, a skilled workforce and that stimulates economic growth through the expansion of the private sector in St. Lucie County and on Florida's Research Coast.
For more information, visit www.YourEDC.com or call (772) 336-6250