Letter from the VP

What an honor it is to be at Florida Tech at this time in its history.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Star Trek, excited like others by the idea of a team of people all working together to boldly go where no one has gone before. Florida Tech has been that kind of a team for now coming on 60 years.

In its beginnings, Florida Tech served as the university for the space center and aerospace industry, but also pioneered education in computer sciences, oceanography, electrical engineering, and many other fields. As we have grown into a nationally renowned top-tier university, we have added new areas of strength such as autism research and care and have developed an outstanding business school to complement our stem focus. We also retain the small college campus that we feel is so vital for a truly outstanding education while delivering that experience broadly through the extended and online programs.

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting diverse and amazingly successful alumni across the nation and the world this past year. I was quite struck by the sheer number of graduates who have excelled in their careers and are making a difference in their fields and in their communities. From Ken Capps ’81, who with other Florida Tech graduates ensures electrical power is delivered throughout Southern Maryland to Derek Novak, ’94 at ABS who helps to ensure the security of life, property and the environment in the global marine industry to Sungjin Park ’03 Ph.D, President and CEO of the Vine Corporation, whose technology is in over 30 million mobile phones.

Every alum I have met, without exception, cites their experience at the university as a major force in their lives and an essential part of their success. It is amazing to think of the thousands of alumni and what they collectively contribute to our society.

My goal is to create a success feedback loop.

Our alumni, along with our parents and all friends of Florida Tech have so much to offer to students and to our mission. Philanthropy is a leading part of that. We need alumni and others to give broadly and boldly. But just as critically, we need leadership engagement. We need alumni to be involved with the colleges and departments and in many cases directly with the students to share experiences and wisdom and to create a network that grows stronger and stronger every year.

We look forward this year to you joining us as we help take Florida Tech where no university has gone before.

Gary Grant