By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Eastern Florida State College President Dr. Jim Richey is a man on a mission -- one that has been extended after his exemplary job, thus far.
During Dr. Richey's second performance review on Monday, Feb. 3, EFSC Board of Trustees unanimously extended his five-year contract another year to 2019, citing the incredible work he has done, since assuming his leadership position in January 2012.
The five-member board, chaired by Melbourne attorney Alan Landman, said Dr. Richey is achieving the vision he detailed to them upon his selection as then Brevard Community College president.
"Dr. Richey has brought a dynamic vision to the college and has been the driving force in transforming Eastern Florida into a state college and advancing its strong, national reputation for high education," said John J. Glisch, associate vice president of communication at EFSC.
At the center of Dr. Richey's plan to move the college upward is the offering of four-year bachelor's degrees in fast-growth job fields, giving students the skills they need to find employment upon graduation.
Eastern Florida began offering two bachelor's degrees in fall 2013 -- business and health care and information technologies.
An additional seven more bachelor's degrees will roll out this fall 2014 semester.
"We're very fortunate and lucky to have Dr. Richey as our president," said Mr. Landman in a press release.
Board of Trustees vice chairman Steve Charpentier said Dr. Richey has exceeded all of his expectations.
"I think he's done a phenomenal job," said trustee Myra Haley in a press release. "I totally support him and agree with what he's done."
With much gratitude, Dr. Richey credited the faculty and staff for their work in transforming BCC into Eastern Florida for his success, further stating that he hopes to work at the college for the remainder of his career.
As far as the immediate future goes, Dr. Richey's plans for EFSC are just as thoroughly detailed as they have always been, his aim focused directly among the stars.
"We plan to launch more bachelor's degrees this fall that will provide more career choices to students in fast-growth job fields," Mr. Glisch said. "We're also looking at creating a new master plan for expanding the Melbourne campus, which should be done this summer."
EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey's 2013 accomplishments
Leading the smooth transition from BCC to Eastern Florida State College in a historic move, that has garnered strong community and regional support
Successfully launching the college's first two bachelor's degree programs in August 2013, with another seven bachelor's degree tracks scheduled to start in August 2014
Ensuring the college's reputation as a national academic leader, ranking 23rd in the U.S. in awarding associate's degrees and rating among the top colleges in graduation rates in the Florida College System
Leading the successful reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with SACS officials stating reaccreditation is assured and praising the college as a "great institution"
Crafting a fiscally strong $74.2 million operating budget that did not raise tuition for the second straight year and fully-funded all academic and other programs
Initiating an economic impact study, showing EFSC contributes nearly $1.1 billion annually to the Brevard and East-Central Florida economies
Continuing development of the Career Planning & Development Center, with nearly 28,000 students using its services for career advisement and internships since its opening in 2012
Creating a partnership with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and local police departments to strengthen college security, including opening police substations on all four campuses
Opening a new Veterans Center, providing specialized assistance to veterans enrolled at EFSC and expanding services for their educational and personal needs
Boosting fundraising at the Eastern Florida State College Foundation with a nearly $18.2 million endowment, which is the largest in the college's history
Breaking ground on a new $13.2 million Public Safety Institute, which is the first step in a planned expansion of the Melbourne campus in coming years to meet new program growth
Leading EFSC to a place among the top 150 colleges in the nation in competition for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence from more than 1,000 nominated institutions
--Source: Eastern Florida State College