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Stetson University School of Business Administration Announces New Program Directors and Faculty for Fall

DELAND, Florida, Aug. 15, 2019 - Stetson University School of Business Administration has announced the addition of six new faculty members and the appointment of three new program directors for the Fall 2019 semester.

Stetson University Named One of 3845 Best Colleges in the U.S. by The Princeton Review

DELAND, Florida, Aug. 7, 2019 - Stetson University has been recognized as one of the leading undergraduate institutions in the nation by The Princeton Review for the fifth year in a row. This honor, given to only about 15% of America's four-year colleges, appears in the 2020 edition of "The Best 385 Colleges."


Stetson University Names Jason Evans Interim Executive Director of Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience

DELAND, Florida, Jun 24, 2019 -Stetson University has named Jason Evans, Ph.D., as the interim executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER). His role begins on Aug. 15. Evans will fill the position while Stetson searches for a permanent replacement for Clay Henderson, J.D., is retiring.

Stetson University Selects New Dean for College of Arts and Sciences

DELAND, Florida, June 4, 2019 - Stetson University Provost and Executive Vice President Noel Painter, Ph. D., announced today that Stetson University has selected Elizabeth Skomp, Ph.D., as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, following a nation-wide search. Skomp is expected to join Stetson in her new capacity beginning mid-July.


Bonita Dukes Begins New Role at Stetson University Facilities Management

DELAND, Florida, May 16, 2019 - Stetson University selected Bonita Dukes as associate vice president of Facilities Management, stepping in for Al Allen who recently retired after nine years in the position.

Former Justice James E.C. Perry to Speak at Stetson University

DELAND, Florida, May 15, 2019 - James E.C. Perry, former justice of the Florida Supreme Court, will discuss search and seizure at Florida schools during the Nina B. Hollis Educational Leadership Center’s inaugural Leadership Symposium “Safety, Security and the Law in Today’s Schools” at Stetson University, Monday, June 17.

Stetson University Trustees Approve Two New Members

DELAND, Florida, May 8, 2019 - The Stetson University Board of Trustees approved the nominations of two new trustees, Laurel (Laurie) Kent and Lila Jaber. Kent is joining the full board after serving since 2015 as an ex-officio trustee while chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Lila Jaber is with the firm Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, and is known for her expertise in public affairs, energy, natural gas, water, telecommunications and broadband policies. She was previously chair of the Florida Public Service Commission under then-Governor Jeb Bush.

Moody's Investors Service Reaffirms Stetson University's A3 Rating

DELAND, Florida, May 7, 2019 - For the fifth time since 2010, Moody’s Investor Service is affirming Stetson University’s A3 rating and outlook as stable. Moody’s issued its annual outlook on Stetson University on Monday and affirmed Stetson University's A3 rating on Series 2015 revenue bonds issued through the Volusia County Educational Facility Authority.

Stetson University to Celebrate 133rd Commencement With Record-Setting Class

DELAND, Florida, May 2, 2019 - Stetson University expects to graduate 991 students at its 133rd commencement ceremonies next week, setting a new record for the university. The previous record was set in 2017 with 879 graduating students. As in the last couple of years, the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will be separate.


Stetson University VITA Program Celebrates $2 Million in Local Tax Refunds

DELAND, Florida, April 26, 2019 - Stetson University School of Business Administration hosted a celebratory event recently to commemorate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program securing $2 million in tax refunds for local families over the past nine years. Cosponsored by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Stetson’s M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy and Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement, the VITA program’s volunteers helped file more than 2,000 tax returns, at no charge, for low-income families in the community.

Stetson University Ethics Team Takes First and Second at IBESCC

DELAND, Florida, April 24, 2019 – Stetson University students took home a first place and two second place wins at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBECC) held recently in Los Angeles, Calif.

Stetson University Makes Educational Splash at Water Festival

DELAND, Florida, April 18, 2019 – Ever the watchful defender of Florida's precious water resources, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER) at Stetson University and other Volusia Water Alliance members and area organizations are joining forces to educate the community about the significance of water, one of the most important natural resources, during The Water Festival on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on West Indiana Avenue in downtown DeLand. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

  • Photo: Dr. Benjamin Tanner Field Research Image 1: Benjamin Tanner, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University, processes samples from a piston core collected in Ichetucknee Springs State Park within the spring run in Fort White, Florida.
  • Photo: Dr. Benjamin Tanner Field Research Image 2: Benjamin Tanner, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University, collects cores at Fanning Springs State Park in Fanning Springs, Florida.

Stetson University's Gillespie Museum's Science Café Presents Lecture on Florida's Sinks and Spring Runs

DELAND, Florida, April 17, 2019 – Benjamin Tanner, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson and the focus area leader for climate adaptation at the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, will discuss his recent research during his presentation "Environmental Change in Florida's Springs and Sinks: Lessons from the Muck" during a Science Café on Thursday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus. The event, which is part of the museum’s Earth Week 2019 celebration, is free and open to the public.

Stetson University Announces New Cybersecurity Program

DELAND, Florida, April 11, 2019 - Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crime in the United States, and they are increasing in size, sophistication and cost. Cybersecurity expenditures are also increasing at a rapid pace as the rise of cybercrime continues to accelerate around the world, increasing the need for a cybersecurity workforce.

Stetson University Researcher Discovers Plethora of Parasites Infecting Pygmy Rattlesnakes

DELAND, Florida, April 10, 2019 - The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world and a native of southeast Asia. For more than 15 years, the gigantic snake has decimated species and become the ruling reptile in the Florida Everglades.

Stetson University Announces Witt/Kieffer to Lead Presidential Search

DELAND, Florida, April 9, 2019 - The Presidential Search Committee for Stetson University has announced that Witt/Kieffer has been retained to support the committee’s search for Stetson’s next president.

Earth Day Celebration Abuzz with Plants, Pollination at Gillespie Museum

DELAND, Florida, April 4, 2019 – Earth Day has been educating communities about environmental protection in the United States for nearly 50 years and internationally since 1990. In DeLand, young environmental scientists can experience the annual Earth Day celebration and final Science Saturday during the spring semester at Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus, Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon.

Stetson Theatre Arts presents Wilde Comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

DELAND, Florida, April 3, 2019 - Stetson University will end its 113th season with Oscar Wilde's final comic masterpiece, "The Importance of Being Earnest," directed by guest artist Walter Kmiec. The play, which features mistaken identity, hilarious snobbery and forbidden love, will run from April 11-14, at Stetson University's Second Stage Theatre in the Museum of Art - DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd.

AdventHealth University and Stetson University Announce Partnership and MHA/MBA Dual-Degree

ORLANDO, FL – April 3, 2019 – AdventHealth University (AHU) and Stetson University are partnering to offer an innovative, dual-degree, online program leading students to degrees in both a Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy & Innovation (MHA-SI) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Stetson University Cardiac Cell Scientist Receives Funding

DELAND, Florida, April 1, 2019 – Heather Evans-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor of health sciences at Stetson University, is the recipient of a PALM Network fellowship and the 2019 Willa Dean Lowery grant.


Stetson University Announces 'The Stetson Promise'

DELAND, Florida, March 28, 2019 – The Stetson Promise, a new academic opportunity for Stetson University students, is a four-year graduation plan that allows students to graduate in four years or less, or the university may pick up tuition costs.

Stetson University RGIP Students Pitch Five Stocks: Trustees buy two stocks for $100,000

DELAND, Florida, March 28, 2019 – Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) held its 10th public trustee meeting with some lively debates taking place as seven seniors pitched stocks they believed to be worthy of the program’s $100,000 investment.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham to Speak at Stetson University

DELAND, Florida, March 25, 2019 – Bob Graham dedicated his life and career to public service for nearly 40 years. He served as Florida's governor, senator and state representative, and is one of the most accomplished politicians in Florida's history.

Science Saturday Explores Glowing Rocks and Power of Physics at Gillespie Museum

DELAND, Florida, March 21, 2019 – Experience light, motion, sound and flames during Science Saturday's Physics Extravaganza and Fluorescent Minerals at the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus, Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-noon. The free event will include a wide variety of physics activities and demonstrations for young scientists.

Stetson University Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + HatterHacks Sparks Innovation

DELAND, Florida, March 21, 2019 – Computer coding is used to create apps and phones, robots and other gadgets with technology, which is one of the most important skills in the world today. The Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + HatterHacks at Stetson University, hosted by Stetson HackerSpace, the university's official computer science club, is planting a technology building seed by providing high school and college students with an opportunity to collaborate in computer science challenges and workshops, tech talks, a code competition, gaming tournament and other activities during its fourth annual spring hackathon.

Stetson University Adopts Statement Supporting Free Expression on Campus

DELAND, Florida, March 21, 2019 - On college campuses across the country, conversations about race, politics and other issues have become flashpoints in the debate over free speech. Public clashes between ideologies and individuals on college campuses became so frequent that in December 2017 Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., convened a task force to develop a university statement affirming academic freedom and civil discourse.

Stetson University Redesigns MBA to Provide Greater Access

DELAND, Florida, March 21, 2019 – Stetson University’s School of Business Administration Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program has undergone a comprehensive redesign that allows unprecedented flexibility, personalization and program accessibility for students with differing lifestyles.

Ndaba Mandela Presents Keynote Address at Stetson University

DELAND, Florida, March 20, 2019 - The invaluable life lessons that social justice activist Ndaba Mandela learned from his beloved and iconic grandfather, Nelson Mandela, are ingrained in him forever. Mandela is keeping his grandfather's legacy alive by introducing him to a new generation.

Stetson University Launches Rethinking Incarceration

DELAND, Florida, March 15, 2019 – Stetson University Community Education Project (CEP) is launching Rethinking Incarceration, an initiative designed to promote dialogue on mass incarceration, prison reform, human rights, political engagement and systemic oppression.

Anthony Ray Hinton to Speak at Stetson University

DELAND, Florida, March 13, 2019 – Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for crimes he did not commit.

Stetson University Selects Michèle Alexandre as First African-American Dean of the College of Law

DELAND, Florida, March 13, 2019 – Following a nationwide search, Stetson University Executive Vice President and Provost Noel Painter, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Michèle Alexandre, a noted civil rights, gender and race scholar, and author of “The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation,” as the next dean of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. 

Stetson University Board of Trustees Chair Announces Presidential Search Committee

DELAND, Florida, March 11 - 2019 - The Stetson University Board of Trustees today announced the members of the university's Presidential Search Committee following the retirement announcement from President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D.

Stetson University Entrepreneurship Students Win $33,500 at Pitch Competitions

DELAND, Florida, March 6, 2019 – Stetson University students won $33,500 at two different student entrepreneur pitch competitions held this past weekend. Sophomore Bryson Pritchard seized first place in both competitions.


Stetson University Hosts Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition: 20 schools from across the country participated

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 26, 2019 – Wake Forest students took the top spot in the annual Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition held at Stetson University Feb. 21-22.

Stetson Announces Partnership with Leading Research and Advisory Company

DELAND, Florida., Feb. 18, 2019 – Stetson University School of Business Administration has announced a partnership with Gartner, a leading research and advisory company based in Stamford, Connecticut, for sponsorship of the Centurion Sales competition team.

Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., Announces Retirement Plans

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 15, 2019 – Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., today announced her decision to retire as president of Stetson University in June 2020 after 11 years in the top leadership role. Libby became Stetson’s ninth president in July 2009 and its first female president since the university was founded in 1883.

Stetson University Signs Articulation Agreement with Seminole State College

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 12, 2019 - Stetson University and Seminole State College have signed an articulation agreement that will allow Seminole State students graduating with an Associate of Arts in accounting to seamlessly complete their Bachelor of Business Administration in the accounting program at Stetson’s School of Business Administration.

Eligible Taxpayers Get Free Help with Taxes at Stetson University

DELAND, Florida., Feb. 7, 2019 – Stetson University School of Business Administration announced that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be offered on the DeLand campus to eligible taxpayers from now until April 12.

Prince Entrepreneurship Program Kicks off Spring Seminar Series

DELAND, Florida, Feb. 6, 2019 – Stetson University School of Business Administration announced the continuation of Entrepreneurship Thursdays a seminar series featuring nationally recognized speakers, pitch competitions, and startup advice.




















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