Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) proudly served as the host venue for the prestigious 2023 Higher Education Innovation (HEI) Presidents’ Conference, which took place from October 9 to 10 on its scenic Niceville campus. The event brought together distinguished higher education leaders from across the nation, sparking discussions on the future of academia in a rapidly changing landscape.

In response to the dynamic shifts within the higher education sector, HEI emphasized the need for transformative changes in both institutional structures and leadership approaches. This year’s conference theme, “The Entrepreneuring Frontier: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education,” encouraged participants to explore actionable strategies, emerging trends, innovative research, entrepreneurial methodologies, cutting-edge tools, and other forward-thinking topics. The conference featured distinguished speakers, in-depth training sessions, and interactive breakout discussions, providing a platform for attendees to share insights and shape the future of educational institutions.

NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to host the 2023 HEI Presidents’ Conference, stating, “The Raider community was deeply privileged to host the 2023 HEI Presidents’ Conference. Sharing insights and collaborating with such dedicated professionals truly shapes the roadmap for the next era of higher education.”

Dr. Mary Landon Darden, president of Higher Education Innovation, LLC, extended her appreciation to President Devin Stephenson, Northwest Florida State College, and Florida State University-Panama City for sponsoring the conference. She emphasized the importance of preparing for the substantial changes that lie ahead in higher education, saying, “This is an exciting time for higher education, and we are here to do the essential work of preparing for the extreme change that faces us now and in the future! We welcome our group of college and university presidents, chancellors, and leaders. Together, we transform higher education.”

HEI has positioned itself as a pioneering force in the education sector, merging research, proven methods, and a network of industry experts to support colleges in achieving transformational growth.

For more information about Northwest Florida State College, please visit Northwest Florida State College or Higher Education Innovation Presidents’ Conference.

Download our app to stay in the know about niceville

Support local news. get cool stuff.

We’ve never needed local news more than we have today. With newspapers going out of business and fewer reporters around to watchdog local government, cover events or sports, and make sure you know what’s going on in your community


Donate today to keep local, independent and accountable journalism in your community today


Plus, we’ll give you some cool swag when you make your donation monthly

Keep Up With Niceville News

Stop scrolling social media to find out what’s going on in Niceville. Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the info impacting your daily life!

Boat on a Bayou