Southeastern University’s president talks with The Business Observer about how SEU has grown enrollment 215 percent in eight years and expanded from 30 to 112 satellite campuses in four years. The key is a leadership style based on listening, he says: “Be other-oriented, people-centric. Try to understand where people are coming from. “What are their needs? How can I serve them? Center leadership on those around you.”
Sergio Perez, 17, credits the rigor of jointly working on a high school diploma at Lakeland Collegiate High School and an associate’s degree at Polk State College for his acceptance to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He’s the first in his family to go to college.
A Polk public schools bus attendant, Juanita Tappin, 43, of Lakeland, has been charged with three counts of child abuse and three counts of abused on a disabled adult. The arrest came after a special needs child reported she had been struck en route to Doris A. Sanders Learning Center.
Saying Lakeland “provides one of the greatest concentrations of strong, active Florida Baptist churches in the state,” the Panhandle-based Baptist College of Florida has announced it plans a second campus in Lakeland. No exact location has been determined, the Dothan Eagle reports.
A full house is anticipated at the RP Funding Center’s George Jenkins Arena next Thursday when 650-plus students participate in Polk State College’s 6:30 p.m. commencement ceremony. The students have claimed their allotment of six tickets each and no more are available, the college said in a news release. The ceremony will be live-streamed.
Lakeland resident Alice Hunt, who co-founded Hunt Construction with her husband Chuck, was elected chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. Jack Harrell III, senior vice president at Harrell’s LLC in Lakeland, replaces her as vice chair.
The city of Lakeland plans to hire four more school resource officers to ensure someone is providing security against the possibility of a gunman while the officer usually assigned to the school is investigating a crime on campus or is out sick or on vacation.
The city is negotiating with the Polk School Board to pay 75 percent of the officers’ salaries next year, but one city commissioner said he’s afraid the city will end up paying the full amount of what should be a school district obligation. Another commissioner complained this is just another obligation pushed by the state Legislature without providing any funding. More
Christian Lomenzo, 22, beat out thousands of players around the world. His secret power? Lots of practice: “If I am into the game and just grinding it, I am just playing until I am wiped out, tired.”