VP for Community and Governmental Affairs
Dr. Larry A. Calderon
An expert in strategic planning and educational policy, Dr. Larry Calderon brings 35 years of experience beginning on America's West Coast to southeastern Florida as the vice president for community and government relations and professor of education at Nova Southeastern University, beginning his duties in December 2006. Previous to coming to NSU, Dr. Calderon served as President of Broward Community College.
Dr. Calderon began his higher education at Ventura College in Ventura, California. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, he taught elementary school for two years in the Ventura Unified School District, in 1975 after receiving his Master in Education degree from the University of Southern California, he became Ventura College's coordinator of student financial services.
He went on to serve six and a half years at Los Angeles City College, and after earning his doctorate from USC, served 10 years as a vice president at Oxnard College. In July 1995, he returned to Ventura College as its president. In addition to the presidency, he also served as the district's vice chancellor for economic development.
A fellow of the National Community College Hispanic Council and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Calderon was awarded the 2003 Latino Town Hall Education Award for his efforts in establishing and expanding an East Campus for Ventura College in the city of Santa Paula.
Since his arrival at NSU, Dr. Calderon has been instrumental in the pursuit of external funding resources for NSU. Under his leadership NSU has successfully sought and received in excess of $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Calderon serves as the executive producer and host for the NSU Video Forum magazine, a product of the NSU Speaker's Forum. The NSU Speaker's Forum is held every Friday morning as a tool to encourage community building and engagement within NSU.