NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson

NWF President, Dr. Devin Stephenson

An Alabama native, Dr. Stephenson has extensive experience in community college executive administration. He served as President/CEO of Big Sandy Community/Technical College in Kentucky and Three Rivers College in Missouri prior to coming to NWFSC.  He has held a number of leadership positions within the Alabama Community College System, including Vice President of External Affairs and Dean of Students at Bevill State Community College, CEO of Snead State Community College and Dean of Students at Walker State Technical College.

Dr. Stephenson served as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Liaison to SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), working with Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin to transform the economy of the region.  He is a Commissioner on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Professional Development and Leadership and an experienced peer evaluator with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission. In December 2016, Dr. Stephenson was elected to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. Most recently, he was selected to the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities (FAC&U) and the Steering Committee for the Florida College System Council of Presidents.

He earned an associate degree in science from Walker Junior College, followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College and both master’s and doctoral degrees in the Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Stephenson and his wife, Judy, have two adult children, Jon and JuliAnne.

Board Members

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President’s Cabinet

Dr. Scott Behrens
Vice President for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Behrens is the Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and serves as the chief academic and articulation officer of the college. Dr. Behrens received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida; his Master of Arts in Human Development/Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona; and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Maryland College.
Cristie Kedroski
Vice President of College Advancement
Cristie Kedroski is responsible for leadership and oversight of all functions assigned to the Office of College Advancement, including marketing and public relations, external fundraising, alumni relations, special events, scholarships and the NWF State College Foundation.
Randy White
Vice President of President Administration/CFO
Randy White serves as the Vice President of Administration/Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Florida State College, a position he has held since 2014. White is responsible for college financial affairs, administrative services and safety. Before stepping into his role at NWF State College, White served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Nathanial Slaton
Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Slaton has more than twelve years of experience in community colleges and higher education. He joins us from West Kentucky Community and Technical College where he served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Pauline Anderson
Dean of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Planning
Pauline Anderson is responsible for research and data analysis in support of institutional innovation and decision making. She promotes communication between internal college constituencies to determine and clarify data needs and research requirements. She is also responsible for coordinating the reporting of college data to state and federal agencies.
John R. "Jack" Capra
Executive Officer for Government Relations and Strategy
As Executive Officer for Government Relations and Strategy, Capra serves the college as the executive lead for local, state, and federal government affairs; legislative affairs; policy and external funding advocacy; official liaison to the military and veterans’ community; oversight and planning for all components of campus safety and security; reviewing attorney on contracts/MOU's, and other legal subjects.

Executive Council

Cole Allen
Chief Information Officer
Allen leads the college technology strategy and staff to ensure alignment with the institution’s vision and goals. Allen brings over 10 years of IT management experience in higher education, and has a proven track record in successful implementation of complex IT initiatives.
Anthony Boyer
Principal, Collegiate High School
Anthony Boyer is the Principal of the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, a position he has held since 2005.During his tenure, CHS has received National Blue Ribbon recognition in 2006 and 2011, earned an “A” in the Florida Accountability Program and placed in the top five percent of all high schools in the State of Florida in the Florida School Grading system from 2000-2015.
Julie Cotton
Director, Fort Walton Beach Campus and Hospitality & Tourism Management Program
Julie Cotton has over 20 years of marketing, public relations, and project management experience as well as being an active volunteer in the community. She serves as the Director of the Fort Walton Beach Campus and the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. Prior to joining Northwest Florida State College, Ms. Cotton was the Vice President of Marketing for developer, Legendary, Inc. in Destin.
Dr. Michael Lucchesi
Director, Grant Development
Michael D. Lucchesi, Ph.D., is the Director of Grant Development a newly created position at Northwest Florida State College. He is responsible for researching, identifying grant opportunities and writing proposals as well as assisting staff and faculty with pre-award activities. As the Director, Dr. Lucchesi, promotes collaborative initiatives with public and private agencies and other institutions to extend the opportunities of the college.
Roberta Mackey
Director, Human Resources
Mackey has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources field, serving in both the private and public sector. In her position, Mackey oversees the human resources staff and operations including talent acquisition, employment processing, compensation, benefits and more. Mackey is also the Equity Officer for the college.
Stephanie Pettis, APR
Director, Strategic Communications
Stephanie Pettis, APR, has 17 years of experience, including strategic communications in the areas of higher education, business, and industry. Her work has been recognized by professional organizations such as the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association, the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative Communications Association, the Association of Florida Colleges, Florida Public Relations Association and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).
Ramsey Ross
Director, Athletics
During his tenure as Athletic Director, Ross has excelled at maintaining high standards set forth for the Raider Athletics Program. In addition to being amongst the most compliant two-year colleges in the NJCAA, and boasting incredibly high graduation and matriculation rates, the college enjoyed one of the most successful athletic seasons in the history of the National Junior College Athletic Association under Ross’ watch in the 2014-15 academic year.
Julie Schrodt
Executive Assistant to the President
Schrodt serves as the primary point of contact on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President; liaison to the Board of Trustees and senior management teams; organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts; and oversees special projects. Schrodt previously served as the Donor Relations and Communications Coordinator for the College’s Foundation, where she was responsible for coordinating special events, increasing donor databases and maintaining contact with donors.
Dennis Sherwood
Dean of Technical Education
Dennis Sherwood serves as the Dean of Technical Education for Northwest Florida State College, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to working for NWF State College, Sherwood served in various roles at Gateway Technical College including Director of Aeronautics, Associate Dean, Dean of Trades and Industry, Director of Facilities and Director of Safety and Security.
Jeanette Shires
Director, Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center
Jeanette Shires serves as the Director of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, a position she has held since 2013. She is responsible for all daily operations, budgeting and management for the center which is the Emerald Coast’s primary cultural venue. The center serves more than 80,000 patrons annually and generates $750,000 to $1 million in revenue each year.
Dr. Anne Southard
Dean of General Education and Online Learning
Dr. Southard is currently responsible for General Education, Online Learning, and Teacher Education at NWF State College. She initiated the Grants Department for the College, which was awarded $1.3 million in a consortium Department of Labor grant in 2012. Dr. Southard implemented four baccalaureate programs in Teacher Education, and she played key roles in the two most recent SACSCOC accreditations, as well as leading the College’s 2016 Aspen Award submission effort.

The best is our standard, and we are committed to being the preeminent provider of college readiness, workforce development, and professional and continuing education. Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWF State College President