Dr. Julian Pleasants



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Date of Interview



Vice President, city manager, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Ray Ferrero, CEO, COO< chancellor, The Center of Psychological Studies, merger, undergraduate, scholarships, law, medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, psychology or a graduate education, Miami Dolphins, Knight Foundation, NCAA Division, FAU, women's golf, Don Riggs, Sam Morrison, private not-for-profit university, library, Joel Berman, county administrator, South Florida Educational Center, Abe Fischler, Academical Village, hospital, South Broward Hospital District, NYIT merger, Grand Oaks Golf Course, accreditation, Unico, union, TCB, Taking Care of Business, the Museum of Art , Ovid Lewis, Stephen Feldman,

Interviewee(s) Bio

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 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 Fort Lauderdale’s 2013 Downtowner of the Year, the Ease Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, Rotary Club of Davie-Cooper City 2006 Man of the Year; American Diabetes Association Valor Award Recipient 2005, Distinguished Alumni of Old Dominion University, and many others. 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.


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Host Institution

Nova Southeastern University - NSU Archives

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

Format Type

Audio CD

Length of Audio/Video

Disc 1: 56:05 minutes. Disc 2: 55:22 minutes.

File Size

Disc 1: 128.4 MB. Disc 2: 126.8 MB.

Number of Copies

1st disc: 15. 2nd disc: 15.

Date Digitized

May 2016


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History | Public History


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Interview with President George Hanbury III - President and CEO