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George L. Hanbury II President/CEO, Nova Southeastern University
George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University the largest, not-for-profit, private university in Florida. He assumed the role of President and CEO in July 2011.
One of his first accomplishments as president was to refocus the university’s mission and vision, and lay out eight core values to guide the university into 2020 and beyond: Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity and Community. One early sign of success is that under Dr. Hanbury’s leadership, NSU became one of only 37 universities in the nation to hold the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s dual designation of both “Community Engaged” and “High Research Activity.”
Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Hanbury served NSU for twelve years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before entering higher education administration, Dr. Hanbury led a successful 30-year career as City Manager of the Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Portsmouth, Virginia; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and as Assistant City Manager in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Hanbury holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Public Administration from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Hanbury also teaches Leadership and Public Administration at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He has been certified through the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia and has been recognized for his leadership by service organizations, city councils and commissions, and chambers of commerce across the nation.
Dr. Hanbury has been honored by many organizations, including accolades such as the 2019 Guy Harvey Conservation Award, 2017 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate and City of Ft. Lauderdale Walk of Fame inductee, 2015 Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award, 2014 South Florida Business Journal Ultimate CEO award, Fort Lauderdale’s 2013 Downtowner of the Year, and many other community related awards throughout his career. He also commits much of his time to civic activities by serving on numerous boards, including the Broward Workshop Executive Committee, and the Sunshine State Conference.
Dr. Hanbury has lectured throughout the country to various executive groups on topics such as leadership, public policy, the council/manager form of government, economic development, executive motivation and public speaking.