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TREASURE COAST -- Dr. Edwin R. Massey, President of Indian River State College, has been selected from more than 1,200 state and community college presidents nationwide to receive the Association of Community College Trustees highest CEO award.
The 2013 Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Officer Award was presented to Dr. Massey in front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 2,000 college trustees and presidents on Oct. 4 at the National ACCT Leadership Conference in Seattle.
Honored for his exceptional leadership, talent for translating vision into action and strong record of accomplishments, Dr. Massey was previously named the Southern Regional CEO of the Year, which qualified him as one of five regional finalists for the national award.
Accepting the national award on behalf of "the entire Indian River State College family," Dr. Massey credited "the dedication of the College faculty and staff, great students, sound direction by the Board of Trustees, and tremendous community support for IRSC's achievements."
"We have an outstanding team, and attaining this level of national stature is absolutely due to the combined efforts and contributions of all those committed to the College's success," Dr. Massey said.
IRSC Board of Trustees members Werner Bols, Chairman, of Stuart, and Jose' Conrado, of Vero Beach, were present at the ACCT Leadership Conference when the award was announced. "We couldn't be more proud," Mr. Bols csaid. "This recognition of Dr. Massey is exceptionally well-deserved."
"One of the hallmarks of Dr. Massey's presidency is his intense commitment to community needs, building numerous collaborative partnerships at the local, state and national levels to foster economic and workforce development," Mr. Bols said. "Under his leadership, IRSC has become a nationally respected, high-performing institution with far-reaching benefits for the Treasure Coast and our students. In recognition of Dr. Massey's dedication to excellence and world-class results, the IRSC Board whole-heartedly commends and congratulates him."
Dr. Massey was appointed IRSC's third president and CEO in 1988, and his tenure in office has been marked by a legacy of exceptional accomplishments. Examples include:
Expanding enrollment by 300 percent in over 130 Degree and Certificate programs.
Significantly expanding the College's five campuses to include over 700 acres and 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art educational facilities.
Leading the College's transition from Indian River Community College to Indian River State College, expanding the College mission to become a Baccalaureate degree-granting institution, and establishing 23 new Bachelor's Degree programs linked directly to regional workforce needs.
Achieving national rankings for IRSC as the 10th best college in the Southern Region by U.S. News & World Report and 4th most affordable college by the U.S. Department of Education.
Increasing Foundation assets by more than 900 percent and raising funds to support student scholarship awards of $3.3 million annually.
Securing more than $90 million in local, state and national grant awards over the past ten years for projects ranging from the highly successful Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training to the new Lasers and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center.
Supporting high-quality instruction as evidenced by the fact that IRSC consistently ranks Number 1 among the 28 Florida College System institutions in the percent of budget dedicated directly to instruction, and lowest among FCS institutions in administrative costs.
Ensuring an exemplary fiscal audit history for over 25 years.
Dr. Massey, an Indian River County resident, was first employed by the College as a biology professor in 1973 and promoted to several administrative positions prior to becoming president in 1988. He serves on many local, state, and national boards and is frequently called upon to present on higher education topics and issues at national conferences and forums, including a meeting of prominent educational and industry leaders at the White House in Washington D.C. last year. He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.