Dr. Paul Broadie II

President - Santa Fe College

He faces many challenges as the new president of Santa Fe College. Limited funding from the state legislature, full and part-time faculty pushing for higher salaries and more benefits, and a moral imperative to increase enrollment and workforce development opportunities in a service district that is tainted with unethical levels of poverty and disparity. But Paul Broadie walked onto the job eyes—and heart—wide open.

Dr. Paul  Broadie  II became president of SF in February of 2020, after his celebrated predecessor, Dr. Jackson N. Sasser, transitioned from 19 years of leadership at the college into a well-earned retirement. Out of a national pool of candidates,  Broadie  caught the attention of SF’s Board of Trustees with his experience serving as president of two colleges (simultaneously) and his track record of strengthening fundraising  efforts  as he balanced historically challenged budgets. His passion lies in partnering with local employers to create employment pipelines for students.

“What I’m most excited about is the new Blount Campus expansion in downtown  Gainesville,”  Broadie  says, referring to  a  new  86,311-square-foot  facility  planned for  the corner of  University and NW 6th  Street  that will  house many of the college’s  business and IT  programs,  as well as business incubation spaces. “It is here that the challenges faced by our  citizens in East Gainesville will be addressed and turned into opportunities.”

Creating opportunities for underserved populations became a mandate for the college under Sasser’s leadership after the “Friendship 7,” a group consisting of leaders from  Alachua  County, the city of Gainesville, University of Florida, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, UF Health,  Alachua  County Public Schools  and  Santa Fe College, commissioned a disparity study for the area. It showed  alarming and disparate poverty levels in the county, as well as substantial barriers that blacks and Hispanics face  in the areas of education, health, law enforcement, housing and transportation.  Broadie  intends to address these issues with innovative programs that will train people so they can enter the careers of tomorrow.

ANYTHING THAT IS CLOSED CAN BE OPEN AGAIN. THAT’S WHY WE’RE NOT GOING TO CLOSE EQUITY GAPS—WE’RE GOING TO SHATTER THEM.”

- DR. PAUL BROADIE II, PRESIDENT, SANTA FE COLLEGE

As its president, Broadie ran a successful advanced manufacturing  certificate and job placement  program  at  Housatonic Community College in  Connecticut. He  plans to  integrate his  experience  in this growing field with  an  additional  expansion on  the Northwest Campus in Gainesville.  In 2015, his efforts in advanced manufacturing education earned him a place in the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Santa Fe College

www.sfcollege.edu
352-395-5000
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

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