FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (April 3, 2019) – Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq., was formally installed as the institution's seventh president during an investiture ceremony on Friday, March 29. During his investiture speech, President Haile announced the launch of Broward UP™, a community-centric program designed to improve the quality of life for residents in zip codes with little exposure to postsecondary opportunities. The announcement culminated with a personal commitment of $100,000 from President Haile, his wife Chae Haile, and his two daughters.
While Broward County's unemployment rate is approximately 3.8 percent, it soars to an average of more than 10 percent in the areas targeted by Broward UP, with some zip codes reaching unemployment levels nearing 15 percent. Through Broward UP, which stands for "unlimited potential," the College has partnered with more than a dozen community organizations to help residents in these communities access programs that will lead to meaningful careers.
“We believe that every individual and every
community in our county has Unlimited
Potential,” said President Haile. “We are committed to developing community partnerships in which we can
leverage our resources to improve the quality of life starting with communities
in zip codes with high unemployment and where relatively few people attain
certificates and degrees. These are our Broward UP communities. These are the communities with
To tap Unlimited Potential, Broward UP focuses on student success, including tutoring, career counseling, social and family services; outreach to promote student awareness and enrollment; and program, course offerings covering expenses related to faculty, curriculum, materials, space and equipment. To donate to Broward UP or for more information, visit www.browardcollegefoundation.org/browardup/.
"Broward UP is about expanding our focus, not just retaining and completing those who can get to us but going into the neighborhoods of those who cannot," added President Haile. "Taking the transformative power of higher education into all communities; meeting people where they are and busting the myths around "what is college" and who is "college material."
President Haile's compelling remarks came at the investiture ceremony, which took place at the Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central campus and welcomed esteemed guests, including Mark Bogen, mayor of Broward County, Dr. Barbara Sharief, Broward County commissioner, and the mayors of Miramar, Wayne Messam; Lauderdale Lakes, Hazelle Rogers; Sunrise, Michael Ryan and Lauderhill, Ken Thurston.
Before his presidential appointment in July 2018, President Haile served as Broward College's general counsel and vice president of public policy and government affairs. A public servant, community leader, and accomplished educator, he has served on more than 35 boards and committees. He has also repeatedly spent time in Cambridge Massachusetts to teach a self-designed, 4-credit course titled Higher Education Law and Policy at Harvard (Summer School).
About the Broward College Foundation:
The Broward College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the officially designated means of making private, charitable contributions to Broward College. Its purpose is to change lives through education by providing community awareness, advocacy and funding to the College. Members of the Foundation's volunteer board of directors work closely with the College's Office of Advancement to raise money to support scholarships, academic programs and learning facility enhancements. We believe every person who is determined to change their life through the pursuit of higher education should be afforded that opportunity. For more information, visit www.broward.edu/foundation or call 954-201-7414. To donate to Broward UP™ or for more information visit www.browardcollegefoundation.org/browardup/.
About Broward College:
Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.
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