Florida Southern College Honored as a College Of Distinction

LAKELAND (July 19, 2019) — Florida Southern College has again received national recognition for the integrity of its individualized and engaging education model. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, Florida Southern College confirms its honor as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction.

This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of the size of endowment, selectivity, and faculty salaries. Florida Southern College also earns its recognition for the excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating High-Impact Practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education. Such student-centered programs include a guaranteed internship, a Junior Journey travel program, learning communities, student-faculty collaborations, and an elite honors program.

Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction, stated “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That’s why it’s so encouraging to find Florida Southern College take such an innovative approach with its curriculum: its High-Impact Educational Practices ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction doesn’t rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow, and succeed,” said Schritter. “Florida Southern College puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”


About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


Mike Moran Named Assistant Athletic Director at FSC

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Southern College Director of Athletics, Drew Howard, has announced the hiring of Mike Moran as an assistant athletic director. Moran will begin his duties with the Moccasins on July 29 after spending more than two decades in law enforcement with the City of Lakeland Police Department.

“I am extremely excited to add Mike to our athletic administration team,” Howard said. “Mike is a proven leader and is well respected in the Lakeland community. His background as a Moccasin student-athlete and decades of work in local law enforcement have provided him with great familiarity with our athletic programs and the College as a whole.”

In his role, Moran will help oversee athletic alumni relations, community engagement, facilities scheduling, and student-athlete accountability, while being involved in all other day-to-day departmental operations.

“I look forward to working with our student-athletes to make their experience here at Florida Southern the best it can be,” Moran said. “Florida Southern College has an excellent tradition of championship athletics, and I am honored to be a part of the team.”

A 1989 graduate of Florida Southern, Moran has an extensive background in staff management, including training at the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the completion of the Certified Public Manager Program through Florida State University.

In his role with LPD, Moran was responsible for all public, private, and secondary school safety in the City of Lakeland. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011, Moran has served on the National Alumni Board of Directors at Florida Southern since 2014, is a member of the Board of Directors at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, and was previously on the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League of Lakeland.

A native of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Moran played soccer for the Moccasins in 1985 and 1986, making 14 starts as a freshman in 1985 while scoring three goals and notching one assist.

He and his wife Beth, a 1993 Florida Southern graduate, have one daughter, Caitlin.


Fitch Upgrades Lakeland Electric Financial Rating

Lakeland, Fla., July 16, 2019 – Fitch Ratings has upgraded the financial rating of Lakeland Electric revenue bonds to AA from AA-. In their commentary, Fitch cited Lakeland Electric’s improved financial performance and continued deleveraging. They also commented upon Lakeland Electric’s strong operating risk profile, reflecting its low-cost burden associated with owned-generating assets and access to the Florida Municipal Power Pool. Lakeland Electric’s diversified customer base, affordable rates and solid credit metrics also contributed to the upgrade. .

“I am extremely proud of the hard work of our dedicated Lakeland Electric employees,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “This rating demonstrates their accomplishments in fulfilling our mission of being dependable, reliable, and sustainable.”

In addition to Fitch’s AA rating, Lakeland Electric is also rated as Aa3 by Moody’s Investor Service and AA by Standard and Poors. Bond and credit ratings are a key indicator of the financial health of an organization.