Several top-level state education officials met Friday afternoon to discuss the future structure of the state university system and the need for higher education in northwest Florida.
Chancellor Mark Rosenberg of the State University System Board of Governors led the roundtable discussion at Rutherford High School in Springfield.
The panel included Panama City Mayor Lauren DeGeorge, Bay County School Superintendent James McCalister and Dean of F-S-U Panama City Dr. George Depuy as well as other area school representatives.
Chancellor Rosenberg says the board provided a variety of different views on what is working and what needs to be fixed about the higher education system. He says they all agreed that the availability of education and financial assistance needs help.
“There is a commitment to and concern for University access for all residents of the panhandle. That access is not just a function of the availability of higher education, but also the availability of financial assistance to insure students have an equal opportunity. An opportunity to get the education they need to be competitive over the next couple of decades.”
Rosenberg says all ideas from the Rutherford event will be given to the Board of Governors so it can create a blueprint for higher education over the next 25 years for the state.