Presidential Inauguration Guest Book

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President Saunders has received well wishes from numerous colleagues in higher education congratulating her for becoming the sixth president of the University of West Florida. To view the submissions,

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  • Jerry L. Maygarden
  • Former Mayor of Pensacola, Legislator and Majority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives.
  • Alumni (BA '74 & MA '75) Past VP of University Relations, Past President of National Alumni Association and Past Chairman of the UWF Historic Trust. Current Chairman of the College of Business Advisory Council.

You are the perfect choice at the right time to advance our university. God Speed -- Martha Saunders!

Sat Feb 04 2017

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  • Dr. Angela E. McCorvey
  • Retired UWF

Looking forward to seeing Dr. Saunders officially take UWF to the next heights.

Thu Feb 16 2017

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  • Zenani D. Johnson
  • Student
  • UWF SGA

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."- Miriam Wright Edelman I look forward to partnering and helping to support you in this work!

Mon Mar 13 2017

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  • Kevin Janser
  • Sr. Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Memorial Healthcare System
  • Alumnus (M.A. '86) and former UWF Employee

Congratulations to President Saunders and UWF and wishing both the best!!

Tue Mar 21 2017

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  • Scott Saunders
  • Family

We are so proud and are looking forward to celebrating with you and the UWF community!

Tue Mar 21 2017

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  • Faye Hippler Bowers
  • Retired & Grandmother Extraordinaire
  • Formerly Assistant Corporate Secretary to UWF Board of Trustees

Congratulations, Martha, on becoming the 6th UWF President! I am so proud of you. I will be watching via webcast as I spoil my 5 Texas Grand Treasures.

Wed Apr 05 2017

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  • Vicki Knaack
  • Director EHRA Personnel Administration, Western Carolina University
  • UWF Alumnus and former Coordinator, UWF Office of General Counsel

Congratulations, Martha! Best of luck as you steer UWF to new heights of greatness.

Thu Apr 06 2017

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  • Linda Dye
  • Retired
  • UWF

Congratulations, Martha. The University could not be in better hands.

Sun Apr 09 2017

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  • Carl L. "Rusty" Rolison III
  • Event Planner/Office of the President, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Former event planner for Dr. Saunders and Mr. Bailey

My dear friend, Best wishes on this day as your continue your remarkable journey in academia. I regret that I cannot attend your investiture, but please know that my heart and prayers are with you and Joe. Your new academic home has a great woman at its lead and the future is bright as the waters that surround your great state. Thank you for all that your did for The University of Southern Mississippi and smooth sailing as you go forth into this new era. You will always remain in the Southern Miss family (yes, we will share with your new family) and your spirit and determination will thrive. Best wishes my president- Love, Rusty

Thu Apr 13 2017

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  • Amanda Negron
  • Executive Director
  • HSU Family Educational Foundation

Congratulations, Dr. Saunders! The HSU Foundation wishes you the very best as you take the helm at the University of West Florida!

Tue Apr 18 2017

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  • Alpha Chi Omega

The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega are thrilled to see the work that Dr. Saunders is already bringing to UWF! Congratulations, we look forward to seeing your impact for years to come.

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Virginia Carnahan (formerly Sharpe), APR, CPRC
  • Director of Marketing & Development
  • Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute - Sarasota, FL

Martha - happy and well-deserved congratulations! Years ago I was a new member of FPRA in Fort Walton Beach (1980's), working at Humana Hospital. I met you several times when our chapters held joint meetings, etc. I think I might have attended a workshop you created at one time. I go back to the Mickey Nall and Scott Herrington era. And I stay in touch with Carol Trivett Britton. I'm sure the University is in good hands with you at the helm!

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Mickey G. Nall
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • College of Journalism & Communications, University of Florida

Proud to be a UWF graduate, BA Communications Arts '80; even more proud of you Martha Saunders, congratulations, well-earned! Best, Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Mickey G. Nall
  • Visiting Lecturer
  • College of Journalism & Communications, University of Florida

Proud to be a UWF graduate, BA Communications Arts '80; even more proud of you Martha Saunders, congratulations, well-earned! Best, Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Tina Moorr
  • Educator
  • University of Southern Miss Alumnus; University of West Florida Alumnus

Congratulations Dr. Saunders! Go Argos!

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Jill Van Der Like
  • Director of Nursing Skills & Simulation Learning Center
  • UWF Faculty

Congratulations! I know you will continue to make an impact on the health of our community!

Wed Apr 19 2017

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  • Kenneth Smalewich
  • Alumni '07

Congratulations on becoming UWF'so 6th president. Best wishes for a successful tenure.

Thu Apr 20 2017

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  • Elizabeth R. Chestnut
  • Director of Administration
  • Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce

Best of luck! Go Argos!

Thu Apr 20 2017