Interviews with former FSC President, Thomas Reuschling

Jan 8, 2021

by James M. Denham, Ph.D.
Executive Director - Center for Florida History

Reuschling served as President of Florida Southern College from 1994-2004.  Born in Ohio and graduating with a degree in economics from Hiram College, Reuschling excelled in athletics.  He eventually completed an MBA from Kent State University and a Ph.D from the University of Colorado.  Reuschling enjoyed a long career as a college educator and administrator.   Before coming to Florida Southern, he held teaching appointments at Kent State University and at the University of Northern Iowa where he became chair of the Business Department.  After spending ten years as head of the University of Richmond’s School of Business, Reuschling became president of the St. Andrews College in North Carolina. On December 2, 1994, Reuschling was inaugurated sixteenth president.  During his tenure he made it a priority to interact with students, and created a tradition of walking around the campus. He focused on growing and retaining students, as well as building the endowment. His successful fundraising efforts led to several building projects, including the Hollis Wellness Center, and many building renovations.  His off-campus leadership included serving as Chair of the United Way of Central Florida and on the boards of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Success by Six, and the Lakeland Community of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.

Read the full interview transcripts on the Center for Florida History oral histories webpage.

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