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Board of Trustees

Pictured: The Board of Trustees at their October 2013 meeting.

Mission and Values

Stetson University's mission is to provide an excellent education in a creative community where learning and values meet and to foster in students the qualities of heart and mind that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world.

At Stetson University, the art of teaching is practiced through programs grounded in a tradition of liberal learning that stimulates critical thinking, imaginative inquiry, creative expression and lively intellectual debate. The art of learning is enhanced through small interactive classes, close student-faculty alliances and collaborative approaches that provide the foundation for rewarding careers and advanced study in selective graduate and professional programs. We embrace diverse methodologies to foster effective communication, information and technological literacy and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage the development of informed convictions, independent judgment and lifelong commitments to learning that are characteristic features of the enlightened citizen. In bringing together learning and values, the university encourages all of its members to demonstrate personal integrity; to develop an appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life; to embrace leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and technological world; and to commit to active forms of social responsibility.

About Stetson University

Founded in 1883, Stetson University is an independent university that provides a transforming education in the liberal arts tradition. The university stresses academic excellence, community-engaged learning and consistently earns high national rankings. In 1982, Stetson University was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music are located at the historic campus in DeLand, Fla.; the College of Lawis located at the Gulfport campus near St. Petersburg, Fla. The university also has two satellite centers- the Tampa Law Center in Tampa, Fla. and the Center at Celebration near Orlando, Fla.

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