Joseph Madigan, M.S. Ed.

Assistant Director of Admissions

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Where are you from?

Tonawanda, New York

What do you enjoy most about working at Florida Southern?

As a veteran in admissions, I love working with families and guiding students through their college decision journey. It is so exciting seeing students go from applying to starting on campus. Plus, I absolutely love how amazingly beautiful the Florida Southern campus is! Being right on Lake Hollingsworth, watching the water skiers, and the amazing community feel here make it feel like home every day.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus?

I really enjoy working out in the Hollis Wellness Center. It’s a great spot to watch all the action on Lake Hollingsworth.

Describe your idea of a perfect Saturday in Lakeland.

A perfect Saturday in Lakeland would include taking our Chihuahua, Bear, for a morning stroll around Lake Hollingsworth and then lunch at Burger 21 in Lakeside Village for Gluten Free Burgers. A movie at the Cobb Theater or our 9 PM usual trip to Target is a great way to end the day.

Any favorite restaurants or hangouts in Lakeland?

BD’s Mongolian Grill or Burger 21 for awesome burgers in Lakeside Village. Really any of the little places in Lakeside Village are great.


Out of State: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Hawaii

The following counties in Florida: Bay, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Glades, Gulf, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Jackson, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Walton, Wakulla, and Washington.

Music I Love

Dave Matthews Band, Jason Aldean, Third Day, Kari Jobe, Hillsong, and pretty much anything 80’s, early 90’s or current country.

Books I Love

Unwind, Last Lecture, Not a Fan

Movies I Love

Twister, Dark Knight, Lego Movie, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 3

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s in Secondary Social Studies Education from Niagara University
  • Master’s in Literacy from Niagara University

What about hobbies or outside interests?

I love to play golf. What better place to play than here in Florida with such great weather! I am a big sports fan and I love to spend weekends watching anything from college football to Rays Baseball. I am also very involved in my local church and enjoy serving others in the community.

Other surprising facts?

I also taught for two years in Florida and was the 2010 high school reading teacher of the year in Osceola county.

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Collier County

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