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PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2005

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

State University System Chancellor Debra Austin to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From FSU'S College of Education

State University System Chancellor Debra Austin will be honored Thursday by Florida State University's College of Education for her work in higher education in Florida.

"Dr. Austin is certainly one of our superstar graduates," said Richard Kunkel, dean of FSU's College of Education. "She is an excellent administrator and leader. We are so proud to be honoring her and also proud of the work she does on behalf of the State of Florida. "

Dr. Austin will be among six honorees at the College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at FSU's University Center Club.

"The Department of Education is fortunate to have someone as distinguished as Dr. Austin as part of the state's K-20 education system," said Education Commissioner John L. Winn. "I extend to her my personal congratulations and thank her for her service to the students of Florida."

Debra Austin has almost 27 years' experience in higher education, first as an English instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and later in numerous academic and administrative positions at Tallahassee Community College. She was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University when she was named Chancellor of the State University System of Florida in 2003. Dr. Austin holds a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University and a master's in English from the University of Florida. She earned a master's in business administration and the doctorate in education from Florida State University and holds an honorary doctorate from Flagler College.

"Every year, Florida State University's College of Education sends graduates into classrooms and onto campuses throughout our country to improve the lives of the students they serve," Austin said. "I am proud to be among them, and it is truly an honor to have been selected by these dedicated educators to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award."

Others to be honored Thursday are A. Wayne Blanton, L. Anne Daves, William M. Durham, Thomas E. Furlong Jr. and the Rev. Linda V. Hutton.

For more information on the FSU College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, call John Mabley at (850) 644-0372.