Meet Carolyn Roberts '69

Sep 10, 2020

by FSC Staff
Originally appeared in Southern News Magazine

Carolyn Roberts ’69 has devoted much of her life to public service, and developed her deep passion for education as a student at Florida Southern College.

“My days here at Florida Southern helped me realize how important education is,” says Mrs. Roberts, “developing an environment where people feel they can succeed. The faculty was very encouraging and supported personal achievement.”

Her time at Florida Southern had a great impact on her career, having offered “such a unique and relevant educational experience that inspired my desire for excellence in education,” she says. “The faculty members were always so passionate. They encourage students to determine their skills and gifts.”

Mrs. Roberts looks back with great pride to her educational instruction at Florida Southern, and she is excited to see what the future holds.

“There is a reason why FSC students are so successful in life,” says Mrs. Roberts. “FSC is a college that encourages their students to achieve their goals.”

Mrs. Roberts has contributed greatly to the growth of Florida’s university system in a variety of ways by serving on the Board of Regents, the Florida Board of Education, the Florida Board of Governors, and on the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

In addition, the University of Central Florida recently awarded Mrs. Roberts with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

“She proved to be one of the most effective leaders in support of public and private higher education in the state’s history,” said Dr. Dan Holsenbeck, senior counsel to the president at UCF. “She created a medical education strategy for the state university system, and she had an important role in UCF being granted a College of Medicine.”

Mrs. Roberts also was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Regents when John Hitt was appointed UCF’s president, a position he held for 26 years, Dr. Holsenbeck added. “She was a huge supporter of President Hitt and UCF in so many ways.”