President Henry Lewis Aims To Add Students Start Nursing Partner With Business Restore Football At Florida Memorial
Written by Miami Today on March 24, 2011
After Florida Memorial University’s yearlong search for a president, it chose past Leon County Commissioner Henry Lewis III.
As president, Dr. Lewis continues a three-decade-long career in Florida’s historically black colleges and universities.
While he spoke about the role the universities play in higher education, Dr. Lewis focused on his 10-year plan for Florida Memorial — Vision 2020.
The plan includes everything from increasing enrollment from 2,000 to 3,500 to starting a college of nursing to reviving a dormant football program.
He’s looking to give the university a more research-focused mindset and tie it to Miami’s business community to see how it can help speed economic recovery.
"We have an annual budget of about $42 million that translates into almost $100 million in impact on our community," he said. "South Florida has a 14% unemployment rate. We’ve got to attract more businesses."
Dr. Lewis discussed his vision for the university and how he hopes to accomplish it without increasing tuition with Miami Today staff writer Zachary S. Fagenson.