Editorial: McMahan earns legacy as a builder at Hodges

Terry McMahan has labored diligently and largely out of the spotlight.

For more than 20 years he has developed the former International College into today's Hodges University with 3,000 students and full-fledged academic buildings in Collier and Lee counties.

The other day, Hodges announced his retirement, with Jeanette Brock, Hodges' vice president for academic affairs, ready to succeed him.

Hodges has become a mainstay of higher education in Southwest Florida. While staking out a reputation for enhancing the skills of students already in the workplace, Hodges also has emphasized in diversity in its student body. Hodges has come a long way, and new leadership envisions moving on to doctoral programs and enhanced distance learning.

Not only did McMahan do well on his watch; he laid a solid foundation into the future.

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