In a ceremony during the annual Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Conference in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), was presented with the esteemed SACSCOC Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes Dr. Stephenson’s unwavering commitment and outstanding leadership in furthering the accreditation processes, marking a significant milestone in his distinguished career.

“I am deeply honored to receive the SACSCOC Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award,” Dr. Stephenson said, “This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of NWFSC and our shared commitment to educational excellence. Together, we strive to transform lives through impactful programs and innovative experiences, preparing students for success in our dynamic world.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is an important regional accreditor that monitors, evaluates, and accredits educational institutions across the Southern United States. 

NWFSC boasts two campuses, five education centers, and a comprehensive range of online and dual enrollment options. Guided by a mission to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s success, NWFSC is committed to transforming lives through exemplary, relevant programs and educational experiences that meet the workforce demands of our ever-changing economy.

The SACSCOC Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award is a testament to Dr. Stephenson’s remarkable contributions to the field of education, acknowledging his role in shaping the future of students at NWFSC. As a leader, he has championed innovative programs and experiences that have positioned the college as a beacon of educational excellence.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

It plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and standards of educational institutions across a vast geographical area, including the states of Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as American schools for U.S. students in Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean Sea.

For those seeking more information about SACSCOC and its accreditation process, details can be found on their official website at

Additionally, a comprehensive list of institutions accredited by the agency is available at

For further details about Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), please visit, or contact the Office of Strategic Communications at and 850-678-5111. Dr. Devin Stephenson’s achievement stands as a testament to NWFSC’s commitment to educational excellence and its pivotal role in shaping the future of students in the region.

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