Dr. Robert Flores, SFSC’s director of remodeling, renovation and maintenance, was sworn in as president of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) for 2017 on Nov. 3 at the 67th AFC Annual Meeting and Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Dr. Robert Flores

Dr. Robert Flores

Based in Tallahassee, AFC is a 7,100-member nonprofit organization that advocates for Florida’s 28 community and state colleges who are members of the Florida College System (FCS).

“The goals for my AFC presidential term are to provide long-term financial stability and enhance our staff development offerings,” Dr. Flores said. He wants to boost membership and increase the visibility of AFC among the public.

Before becoming AFC’s president-elect, Dr. Flores was vice president for commissions, a role which required him to oversee the 16 individual AFC individual commissions that provide professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities for members and serve as an information and advocacy resource. In 2012, he headed AFC’s Facilities Commission, which worked to improve classroom facilities, infrastructure, and the beauty of the 2,096 buildings on 68 campuses of FCS members. In 2015, Flores received AFC’s Leadership Service Award.

Dr. Flores came to SFSC in 1998. He oversees the remodeling, renovation, and maintenance of SFSC’s DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands campuses and the Lake Placid Center. He was awarded a Doctor of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and an Associate in Arts degree from Draughons Junior College in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Flores is the third SFSC administrator to serve as AFC president, following Dr. Catherine P. Cornelius, SFSC president emerita, in 1986 and William A. Shaffer, former SFSC vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness and executive assistant to the president for governmental relations, in 2002.