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President Saunders' Viewpoints, Op-Eds and Podcast Interviews

Dr. Martha D. Saunders shares her insights as University President through viewpoints, op-eds and podcast interviews.


December 12, 2019 | Higher Ed Social Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be university president? This week on the show, Lougan talks with Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of West Florida. In her more than three decades in higher education, Dr. Saunders has served in multiple academic and leadership roles and has led UWF a to new heights.

November 24, 2019 | Pensacola News Journal

For many years, the University of West Florida has been known as a "military friendly" university. That is no surprise given our average of one in five students who are military affiliates — veterans, dependents or active duty.

November 15, 2019 | Inspiring Leaders Podcast

"Inspiring leadership isn't about being perfect, it's about making sure that what you do matters" Being strategic is important, however, strategically leading an entire organization requires great forethought, strong intentions, great communication, some humility and outstanding leadership.

October 14, 2019 | The Leadership Coaching Group with Liz Howard

In this podcast Liz is talking to Dr. Martha Saunders, the President of The University of West Florida. Dr. Sanders has spent over 3 decades in academic leadership roles and today she is going to tell you what you need to know about college education for your children and for yourself as a leader.

August 30, 2019 | A Geek Leader

A Geek Leader interviews President Saunders about women in leadership, technology degrees, the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, Sea3d Lab and more in this podcast.

August 13, 2019 | Inside Higher Ed

It can make for a grueling workweek, but the insights gained from students make teaching worth it, writes Martha D. Saunders, who offers advice to other presidents who still crave the classroom.

July 21, 2019 | Northwest Florida Daily News

I just put the finishing touches on the syllabus for the class I’m teaching in the fall. The textbook order went in on time (earning me a gold star from the provost) and I’m excited about greeting the students as part of our expanded offerings at the University of West Florida’s Emerald Coast location.

July 12, 2019 | the cyberwire podcast

Dr. Saunders talks cybersecurity and the role of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity with host Dave Bittner.

June 24, 2019 | UWF Newsroom

Universities are measured in all kinds of ways, from the size of their endowments to the number of state-of-the art buildings or capacity of their classrooms. Important metrics to be sure, but UWF has an additional asset other schools envy but most will never have—a glorious, 1,600-acre campus of natural grandeur, bordered by two rivers and a coastal bay.

June 16, 2019 | Pensacola News Journal

The first time UWF hit the top three in the State University System’s performance-based funding metrics, you could hear the party over two time zones. Yet even as we celebrated, a nagging question lingered – could we do it again?

June 9, 2019 | Pensacola News Journal

Vibrant athletics programs breathe life into any university and UWF is no exception. Our intercollegiate athletics programs have dominated NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference for years with nine national championships and more than 100 conference titles. The success of athletics enhances student life and increases UWF’s visibility and support.

April 30, 2019 | UWF Newsroom

Students pursuing careers offering job growth and higher starting salaries often begin their search in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, commonly referred to as STEM. The majority of STEM-related jobs pay wages above the national average.

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