Presidents Tim Cost and John Delaney will offer their observations and opinions about the impact of secondary education on Northeast Florida's economy at the Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the JU Davis College of Business.
The two presidents will also discuss how they view the roles of their respective institutions toward equipping a local workforce to satisfy and fortify its resurging growth.
The event is sponsored by EverBank.
Biographies of the two speakers are below:
About Tim Cost
Tim Cost became the 12th President of Jacksonville University on Feb. 1, 2013. Prior to his election, he was Executive Vice President for food and beverage world leader, PepsiCo, with revenues of $60 billion and 300,000 employees.
He has 32 years of senior executive experience at many of the world’s top companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kodak, ARAMARK, Wyeth/Pfizer and Pharmacia. He has also been Chairman of Global Health Care for Washington-based consulting firm, APCO Worldwide. His background and experience center on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, marketing, public policy, investor relations, crisis/issues management, government relations, communications, and capital markets.
JU has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for 10 straight years, and ranks in the top 1% among all Florida colleges for Return on Investment for its graduates. Its $120 million ASPIRE campaign is reshaping the face and future of the University, including a reimagined cafeteria, new Chick-fil-A and major River House entertainment/meeting complex. In other growth, the new state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences building is set to be completed this summer, part of a $20 million phased plan to expand the College of Health Science’s facilities, programs, equipment and faculty to meet growing demand. The Marine Science Research Institute’s new floating classroom and dock, valued at more than $500,000, will offer students a unique chance for engaging and immediate research and study. The JU Davis Aviation Center’s new $500,000 Level 5 CRJ700 flight simulator is the only such device to train pilots at a university in the region.
Meanwhile, the University recently received accreditation approval for its new Doctorate in Business Administration degree, which will emphasize cutting-edge analytics and hands-on work with “Big Data” and is one of only a handful offered in the Southeast. A new Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will offer the region’s first master’s degree in the key area of Speech-Language Pathology by fall 2014, and the Davis College of Business’s new Sport Business degree program gives students access to one of the few comprehensive, accredited such programs in the country.
A 1981 Magna Cum Laude Jacksonville University graduate who also holds an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, Cost was given the Jacksonville University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 and was also selected a Distinguished Dolphin to help celebrate Jacksonville University’s 75th Anniversary. He has served on the JU Board of Trustees since 2009 and as chairman of committees on enrollment and retention, and development. As a JU athlete and four-year letterman on its baseball team, he is one of the top 10 winningest pitchers in JU Baseball history, and as a freshman, pitched the only 9-inning no-hitter in Jacksonville University history.
Cost and his wife of 30 years, Stephanie, are the parents of two children, Melanie, and Drew.
About John Delaney
John A. Delaney became UNF’s fifth president in 2003. In that capacity, he oversees a campus of more than 16,000 students, 600 faculty and more than 1,000 staff. The 1,381 acre campus in Northeast Florida is considered a driver in the region, with an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion. Each year, 4,000 students graduate from UNF’s five colleges.
Under Delaney’s direction, UNF reaffirmed its commitment to students, by offering individualized attention and offering transformational learning opportunities. The University of North Florida is also known for its flagship programs, areas where UNF leads the nation. Flagships include Community Nursing, International Business, Transportation & Logistics, Coastal Biology, Music and Nutrition.
UNF is currently undergoing the biggest construction spree in its history. Within the last few years, the University recently the Osprey Fountains residence hall, the Student Union, the College of Education and Human Services building, the Biological Science Building, the Student Wellness Complex and Osprey Commons, with a new cafeteria. All new construction on campus reflects UNF’s commitment to the environment and many new buildings are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified.
Delaney is considered UNF’s chief fundraiser, nearly doubling the University’s privately-funded endowment. The Power of Transformation campaign is currently underway, with a goal of raising $110 million.
Delaney’s presidency continues a distinguished career as a public servant. He served two terms as mayor of Jacksonville, the country’s 13th largest city, spearheading major initiatives including The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement plan that gave the city new public facilities and other amenities. He also created the Preservation Project, a massive land conservation program giving Jacksonville the distinction of having the largest urban park system in the United States. Prior to that, he served as the chief assistant state attorney, the number two prosecutor for Northeast Florida and as the general counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards.
He and his wife Gena have four children.