President/Chief Executive Officer
George L. Hanbury II
President/CEO, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. George L. Hanbury II is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University, the nation’s eighth largest private not-for-profit university, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Having recently taken over as President/CEO in July 2011, he has already begun to build on the legacy of former presidents and elevate the university’s standing to one of national prominence.
Among his first accomplishments as president has been 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 as COO, NSU was designated with the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification in 2010, as there are more than 1,000 community engagement projects taking place at NSU. NSU is one of only 35 universities to also be classified as a research university with “high research activity.”
Through his commitment to NSU’s new core values and 2020 vision, Dr. Hanbury aims for NSU to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, life-long learning environment to produce alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, fields of study and resulting careers.
Dr. Hanbury’s student-focused mindset also shines through in his courses, as he continues teaching public administration at NSU’s Huizenga Business School. 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.
Prior to his appointment as President/CEO, Dr. Hanbury served NSU for twelve years as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. 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 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 has been honored by many organizations, including accolades such as 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; 1997 Distinguished Alumni of Old Dominion University, and others. He also commits much of his time to civic activities, serving on the Boards of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; Library Foundation of Broward County; Finance Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale; Business Development Board of Palm Beach County; and the United Way of Broward County.