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About President Libby

Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., became the ninth president of Stetson University in July 2009. With a broad career in higher education and private industry, she is building on Stetson University's values-centered heritage and tradition of academic excellence and community engagement.

Libby is leading a comprehensive strategic plan focusing innovation to drive Stetson University from success to significance -- through reinforcement of academic excellence, establishment of a Student Success program, campus infrastructure improvements, and growth in recruitment and retention. She spearheaded a major landscaping and classroom improvement project and the development of a DeLand Campus Plan as a guide for future growth. She has taken a progressive approach to residential life at Stetson University, including the introduction of pet-friendly residence halls and the purchase of an apartment complex and a hotel for student housing. Athletics has grown dramatically under her leadership, including the introduction of a robust club sports program, the addition of three new NCAA Division I sports -- football, women's lacrosse and sand volleyball, the construction of a new athletics complex on campus and a cooperative effort with the City of DeLand to renovate Spec Martin Memorial Stadium for the return of Hatter Football in 2013.

Libby is active in Central Florida life and, in 2010, was appointed to the Mainstreet Community Bank Board of Directors. In 2011 and 2013, Libby was named to The Volusia/Flagler Business Report's list of "Influential Women in Business." More recently, in 2014, she received a Women Who Mean Business Award from the Orlando Business Journal and was also named one of the "Top 55 Most Influential" in Volusia and Flagler counties by MyCoast Magazine. In addition, she is a member of the boards of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the Central Florida Partnership. She is also chair of the Presidents Council of the Atlantic Sun Athletic Conference. Libby served as president of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., from 2003 to 2009, and earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Connecticut in 1994.

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