Dr. Ty Handy, President

Dr. Ty Handy
Dr. Ty Handy

Dr. Ty Handy assumed the presidency of Northwest Florida State College on June 21, 2010. Dr. Handy was selected by the college's governing Board of Trustees to lead the college following a six-month national search which attracted 76 candidates from 30 different states. He is the third president in the college's more than 47-year history. Dr. Handy is a Florida native and most recently served as the president of Vermont Technical College, a public associate and baccalaureate institution. He also previously served as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Southern Indiana, a comprehensive two year community and technical college in the Ivy Tech Community College System.

Dr. Handy earned his doctorate (Ed.D.) degree from the University of Memphis in Higher Education Administration, an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University and a baccalaureate degree in finance from Western Kentucky University. Other academic positions Dr. Handy has held include vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville; dean of academic affairs at Elizabethtown Community College in Kentucky; and dean of business technologies/social sciences at Jefferson Community College, Ohio.


College Leadership Position



President Vermont Technical College Jan. 2006 - May 2010
Chancellor Ivy Tech State College, Southern Indiana May 2001 - Dec. 2005
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Univ. of Arkansas Community College, Batesville 1998-2001
Chief Academic Officer & Dean for Academic Affairs Elizabethtown Community College, KY 1993-1998
Dean of Business Technologies/Social Sciences Jefferson Community College, OH 1992-1993
Director of Research State Technical Institute of Memphis, TN 1991-1992
Division Chair of Business & Education Williams Baptist College, AR 1988-1994



University of Memphis, TN
Ed.D Dissertation: "The Tennessee Board of Regents Remedial and Developmental Studies Program: An Ex-Post
Cost Effectiveness Analysis"
Major: Higher Education Administration
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
MBA Major: Accounting & Finance 1986
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
BS Major: Finance
Minor: Business Administration



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