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Stetson University

Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includ...
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Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includes the main College of Law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, the Tampa Law Center in downtown Tampa and the Stetson University Center at Celebration in the Orlando area.

Stetson University serves a diverse student population of 3,700 in nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The university's four colleges and schools offer more than 60 majors and minors in 13 degree programs. There are 256 full-time faculty members, 95 percent of whom hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees, and there is an 11 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Stetson is consistently ranked among the best universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition.
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    Freebie Friday: GeorgeFest, Duck Derby, and other free stuff

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    Dean Trantalis

    Dean Trantalis
    Age: 61 Personal: Single Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Boston University, 1975; law degree, Stetson University, 1979 Occupation: Attorney Political career: City commissioner, 2003-06, 2013-present; ran for mayor in 2009...

    Lake assistant principal in running for tops in Florida

    Lake assistant principal in running for tops in Florida
    CLERMONT — William P. Roberts, an assistant principal at Lake County's biggest middle school, is among the top three finalists for Florida's 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award. Roberts, 36, is one of three assistant...