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Friday, October 7, 2011

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Regarding appointment of Randy Hanna as Chancellor of the Florida College System

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Hanna as the new Chancellor of the Florida College System, effective November 14, 2011. Randy has a tremendous higher education background where he previously served as Chair of the Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Chair of the Florida College System Foundation and member of Tallahassee Community College's governing board. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of West Florida. I am excited to welcome him to the DOE team and am confident his extensive higher education experience, combined with his broad knowledge of Florida's government, will lead to significant successes for our colleges in the years ahead.

"Additionally, I would like to thank Dr. Will Holcombe for his years of service as Chancellor of the Florida College System. Despite announcing his retirement more than a year ago, Will graciously agreed to continue guiding our colleges through these turbulent economic times until a suitable replacement could be found. He has been a true advocate for the vital role our colleges play in our economy and has helped maintain an open access policy that has made the Florida College System the primary access point to postsecondary education in our state. I wish him much happiness in his retirement, and have no doubt he will continue to be an outspoken supporter of Florida's colleges."