Richard Corcoran Update on New College

Richard Corcoran has been a practicing attorney in Florida for 24 years. He served four terms in the Florida House, culminating in his term as Speaker of the House from 2016-2018. During his tenure in the House, he passed the most robust ethics and transparency laws in state history.

In December 2018, Richard was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as Florida’s commissioner of education. In this role, he supported hundreds of thousands of Florida teachers and support staff, and millions of students, while managing an annual budget of approximately $25 billion. His many accomplishments in that role are dwarfed by the leadership he displayed to guide Florida’s education system through the COVID-19 Pandemic, reopening schools safely in Fall 2020.

In February 2023, Richard accepted the role of interim president at New College. He instituted immediate improvements to strengthen the declining honors college. In a matter of months, New College enrolled its first incoming class of more than 300 students, launched an intercollegiate athletics program, navigated dormitory renovations and the closure of several residential facilities, introduced the Presidential Honors Scholarship, and expanded opportunities for Pell recipients.

On October 3, 2023, the New College Board of Trustees selected Richard as the ninth president in the College’s history.

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