APRIL 16, 2024 | 6:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

Lakeland Leads invites you to an unforgettable evening honoring educators and business leaders partnerships, featuring a fireside chat with former Florida Department of Education Leaders Pam Stewart and Dr. Henry Mack.


Meet Our Special Guests

Pam Stewart, Former Florida Commissioner of Education

Pam Stewart is the former Florida Commissioner of Education, serving as chief educational office of Florida and administrative overseer of the Florida Department of Education during Governor Rick Scott’s administration. Pam served for over 40 years in education, beginning her career as a teacher and holding many administrative positions at the local and state level. These included principalships at the elementary and high school levels; district-level work in academic services and key leadership positions at the state level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. Currently, Pam serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit, Florida League of International Baccalaureate Schools.

Dr. Henry Mack, College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) 

Dr. Henry Mack currently serves as the College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) overseeing all academic, research, and workforce education functions of the college. Prior to NWFSC, Henry served as the higher education and workforce system head for the State of Florida, a post he held for four years. As chancellor, he was responsible for Florida’s public and nonpublic institutions of higher education—overseeing a $3 billion dollar budget with a combined K-20 student enrollment of 1.5 million, annually. He led the Divisions of Florida Colleges, Career and Adult Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Workforce Education and Economic Alignment, and the Commission for Independent Education. He was directly responsible for the State of Florida’s workforce education strategy, budget, operations, policy and finance, grants and administration, and, together with the Governor’s Office, responsible for all higher education and workforce education legislative and policy priorities.

Prior to his appointment at the Florida Department of Education, Henry served as a Vice President for Workforce Education and Innovation at one of the nation’s largest four-year institutions, Broward College. At Broward, Henry oversaw the college’s career and technical education programs, the development of new baccalaureate degrees, and the college’s business incubator and accelerator.

Henry also holds multiple faculty positions at Florida International University, the University of Miami, and Florida State University, where he currently teaches courses in the philosophy of education and education policy.

Henry earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology and philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a doctorate in education administration and philosophy of education from the University of Miami. He currently lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Ashley, and three children, Hadley, Holden, and Arden.

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