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McCay Installed as Fifth President of Florida Tech

Dwayne McCay was formally installed as the fifth president of Florida Institute of Technology at an inauguration ceremony Sept. 9 before more than 800 faculty, staff, students and community leaders at Clemente Center.

“Momentum at Florida Tech has been building for several years,” McCay said. “That momentum has carried us to be ranked one of the top 20 small universities in the world. It has aided us in attracting talented faculty and students and additional donors to even further build that momentum.

“Now we are prepared to climb even higher in the ranks of great universities, both small and large,” he added.

Dava Newman, the deputy administrator of NASA, offered the keynote address, representing the university’s long-standing relationship with the space program dating to its founding in 1958 as a “night school for missilemen.”

Philip Farmer, chairman of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees and retired chairman, president and CEO of Harris Corp., discussed the university’s remarkable history and performed the installation on behalf of the institution.

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