NWF State College President Dr. Stephenson

Dr. G. Devin Stephenson

President of Northwest Florida State College

An Alabama native, Dr. Stephenson has extensive experience in community college executive administration having served in President/CEO positions in Alabama, Missouri, and Kentucky. He is currently the President of Northwest Florida State College, in Niceville, FL. He serves as member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Board of Trustees and is a visiting committee chair with the Commission. Additionally, he serves as a Board Member of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities and a member of the Florida College System Council of President’s Steering Committee.

Stephenson is a noted speaker on Leadership, Organizational Change, and Professional/Personal Development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Committees of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and Florida’s Great Northwest. Stephenson led the development of the College’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan that is characterized by an aggressive agenda to place the College at the forefront of regional transformation. Within the Plan’s framework are objectives/goals designed to advance the College’s new culture of accountability and highlights NWF State College’s excellence in academic programming, presentation of the fine/performing arts, and athletic performance by our outstanding student athletes.

Dr. Stephenson has led NWF State College to Silver Status in the Florida College System Performance Funding, to a Top 150 recognition in the 2018 Aspen Institute’s Community College Excellence Recognition Program. Additionally, in concert with the local legislative delegation Dr. Stephenson championed the passage of Florida HB75 allowing all 28 Florida College System institutions to waive fees for active duty military and provide access to higher education.

He earned an associate degree in science from Walker Junior College, followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in the Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Stephenson and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of two adult children, Jon and JuliAnne.

Board Members

Brian S. Pennington
Major General Thomas "Rudy" Wright, USAF Retired
Shane Abbott
Board Member
Craig Barker
Board Member
Charlotte Flynt
Board Member
Reynolds Henderson
Board Member
Lori Kelley
Board Member
Major General Don Litke, USAF Retired
Board Member
Dr. Devin Stephenson

President’s Cabinet

Cole Allen
Chief Information Officer
Allen leads the college technology strategy and staff to ensure alignment with the institution’s vision and goals. Allen brings over 10 years of IT management experience in higher education, and has a proven track record in successful implementation of complex IT initiatives.
Pauline Anderson
Dean of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Planning
Pauline Anderson is responsible for research and data analysis in support of institutional innovation and decision making. She promotes communication between internal college constituencies to determine and clarify data needs and research requirements. She is also responsible for coordinating the reporting of college data to state and federal agencies.
John R. "Jack" Capra
General Counsel/Executive Officer
As General Counsel/Executive Officer, Capra serves the college as the executive lead for local, state, and federal government affairs; legislative affairs; policy and external funding advocacy; official liaison to the military and veterans’ community; oversight and planning for all components of campus safety and security; reviewing attorney on contracts/MOU's, and other legal subjects.
Laura Coale
Executive Director of Strategic Communications
Laura Coale has a wealth of experience in marketing and public relations, as evidenced by her nine national Paragon Awards for outstanding achievement in communication. Ms. Coale has demonstrated successes in proactive positioning, brand management, media relations, and has worked closely with faculty and staff to create a cohesive brand, messaging, and community outreach initiative in her previous position at Aims Community College.
Dr. Sasha Jarrell
Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Sasha L. Jarrell earned her Ph.D. in Applied Discrete Mathematics from Auburn University before accepting a position as faculty at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. During her time with Northwest Florida State College, Dr. Sasha L. Jarrell helped drive the college toward excellence as chair of the Mathematics Department, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Interim College President, Coordinator of Special Projects, and, as of January 2019, accepted the role of Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning.
Cristie Kedroski
Vice President of College Advancement
Cristie Kedroski is responsible for leadership and oversight of all functions assigned to the Office of College Advancement, including marketing and public relations, external fundraising, alumni relations, special events, scholarships and the NWF State College Foundation.
Julie Schrodt
Executive Assistant to the President
Schrodt serves as the primary point of contact on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President; liaison to the Board of Trustees and senior management teams; organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts; and oversees special projects. Schrodt previously served as the Donor Relations and Communications Coordinator for the College’s Foundation, where she was responsible for coordinating special events, increasing donor databases and maintaining contact with donors.
Dr. Nathanial Slaton
Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Slaton has more than twelve years of experience in community colleges and higher education. He joins us from West Kentucky Community and Technical College where he served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Randy White
Vice President of Business Operations and Finance
Randy White serves as the Vice President of Business Operations and Finance at Northwest Florida State College, a position he has held since 2014. White is responsible for college financial affairs, administrative services and safety. Before stepping into his role at NWF State College, White served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force.

The best is our standard, and we are committed to being the preeminent provider of college readiness, workforce development, and professional and continuing education. Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWF State College President