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President Hanbury Sets Sight High for NSU’s Future

President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) President George Hanbury II, Ph.D., recently addressed South Florida CEOs on Nova Southeastern University’s campus as part of a Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance event, where he took time to share his vision of where the university is headed in the coming years.

Among the many plans that Hanbury unveiled are some projects that were placed on hold during the recession. Among the biggest projects is a 220,000-square-foot collaborative research center to host private companies on the university’s main campus in order to facilitate collaboration between private companies and NSU researchers and students. The project was put on hold in 2007 but is once again in the planning stages. “Absolutely there is demand for lab space,” Dr. Hanbury said. “We will use that facility to attract faculty to this university, and that will attract students, and that will attract grants.”

Additionally, NSU recently opened an 86,000-square-foot Coral Reef Ecosystems Science and Research Center in Hollywood, FL, which was built with funding from both the university and federal stimulus funds.

But among the university’s areas of primary focus currently is growing the undergraduate population. NSU is unusual in that 80% of the university’s more than 28,000 students are in graduate, doctoral or first-professional programs. Hanbury wants to double the undergraduate population, and it is a vigorous part of the university’s Vision 2020.

The full and original article, as it appeared in the South Florida Business Journal, can be viewed online here with a subscription: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/print-edition/2012/06/22/hanbury-lays-out-nsu-growth-plans.html