Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is pleased to announce that its President, Dr. Devin Stephenson, is set to receive the University of Alabama College of Education’s prestigious 2023 Harold L. Bishop Award for Leadership. This distinguished honor is a testament to Dr. Stephenson’s exceptional 30-year career and his profound contributions to the fields of education and leadership.

The Harold L. Bishop Award for Leadership is a highly esteemed recognition presented by the Capstone Education Society Alumni. It celebrates University of Alabama alumni who have emerged as outstanding leaders in the realm of education. This award pays tribute to the late Dr. Harold Bishop, a distinguished figure who served as a professor of educational administration within the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies. Notably, Dr. Bishop was one of the first African American faculty members at The University of Alabama, leaving an indelible mark on the institution.


Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWFSC
Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Northwest Florida State College

Expressing his deep appreciation for this prestigious alumni award, Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of NWFSC, remarked, “I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious alumni award from the University of Alabama’s College of Education. It is humbling and inspiring to be recognized by the institution that played such a pivotal role in shaping my journey. This accolade is a testament to the enduring connections we build within our academic community and the lifelong impact of education.”

Dr. Stephenson’s career has been marked by dedication, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of education. His leadership at NWFSC has seen the college flourish, impacting countless lives in the community and beyond.

The award ceremony is scheduled for October 13, 2023, and will undoubtedly serve as a momentous occasion to celebrate Dr. Stephenson’s outstanding achievements in education and leadership.

Dr. Devin Stephenson, Jay Odom and Charlotte Flynt turn dirt at the groundbreaking of Raider Village on Northwest Florida State College

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