Neighborhood Meeting – April 29, 2014

A large crowd gathered at Markland Place for the final neighborhood meeting before the summer season kicks off.  Becky Greenburg presided over the evening’s meeting and sent out special thanks to all Board members and others who have given of their time to help in our community. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Abare, President, Flagler College. The Association will host a candidate’s forum late this summer in time for fall elections – so stay tuned. 

The FMLNA drafted a series of questions to which Dr. Abare responded and are attached here.  Dr. Abare, who has been at Flagler College for 43 years, gave the crowd an update on activities at the college. In 1971 when the school began it opened its doors to 223 students and has grown to 2,587 today.  The school is tuition-dependent and the annual tuition holds at $16,180.  The school has about 42 acres in total including property near West King Street.  The school was ranked #8 in the US News and World Report Regional Colleges, South.  Although it was discovered later that some misrepresentation of admissions data had occurred and the official responsible had resigned.

Dr. Abare reported that he was proud of the school’s many accomplishments but most especially of their record of preservation at the Ponce de Leon Hotel and the school’s Enactus team who were chosen as US National Champions and went on to compete in the World Cup in Cancun, Mexico.

Dr. Abare hinted that while there were no active searches for a new President that he would most likely retire at a near future date.   There are two positions available for the Vice Presidents of Business Services and Enrollment Management at the college.