Presidential Investiture

Presidential Investiture

The Board of Trustees and the Nova Southeastern University Community are proud to announce the Investiture of George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. as the sixth President of Nova Southeastern University on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4 p.m.

The event will take place in the Arena at the Don Taft University Center at Nova Southeastern University’s main campus in Davie, Florida. A reception for all attendees will immediately follow in the RecPlex Courts at the Don Taft University Center. The Investiture ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, we kindly ask that you RSVP in the upper right hand corner of this page.

George L. Hanbury II

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., became the sixth president and chief operating officer of Nova Southeastern University on January 1, 2010. On July 1, 2011, his title will change to president and chief executive officer.

Prior to his becoming president, Hanbury had been the university’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining NSU in 1998, he had served as the city manager and chief executive officer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Before that, he had been assistant city manager in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. Hanbury received a B.S. in Business and Public Administration from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

George Hanbury has been recognized for his leadership by numerous organizations that devote their efforts to the improvement of humankind’s quality of life. For instance, within the last five years, he was the recipient and honoree of the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He has also been recognized by the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Trust, the Leadership Broward Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association.
Hanbury currently serves on the boards of the Florida Lambda Rail, the Broward County Library Foundation, and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. He was a founding board member of the Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

The Nova Southeastern University Mace

The  Nova Southeastern University Mace Before its merger in 1994 with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences, Nova University’s mace bore a sterling silver “nova star” symbolizing the university’s name and mission. Symbolically, Nova University’s “nova star” burned brightly, providing educational enlightenment to the world. Today, a new sterling silver mace highlights the past, present, and future through the inclusion of the original “nova star” representing the university’s past, surrounding the NSU seal. When not in official use, the mace is displayed in the rotunda of the William and Norma Horvitz Administration Building.

In Latin, nova means new or innovative. Nova Southeastern University was created to be an innovative educational institution—to take the best of traditional education from the past and mold it to fit the needs of students for today and tomorrow.