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, Florida. He serves as a 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 Presidents’ 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 and to a Top 150 recognition in the 2019 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 in Science from Walker Junior College, followed by a Bachelor of Arts 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
Lori Kelley
Shane Abbott
Board Member
Craig Barker
Board Member
Charlotte Flynt
Board Member
Reynolds Henderson
Board Member
Major General Don Litke, USAF Retired
Board Member
Major General Thomas "Rudy" Wright, 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.
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.
Dr. Deborah Kish
Vice President for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Deborah Kish has 17 years of experience in higher education, with eight years in academic administration with expanding responsibilities. Recognized for innovation and effective change management, Dr. Kish most recently was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Division at Rio Salado College, a public community college in Arizona, since 2018. She is joining Northwest Florida State College as the Vice President for Teaching and Learning.
Julie Schrodt
Executive Assistant to the President
Julie 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. Julie 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