Florida Southern trustees elect new board chair
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2005) — Robert L. Fryer, Jr., a financial consultant, has been elected chairman of Florida Southern College’s board of trustees. Fryer, a resident of Lancaster, Pa., has been a member of the board since 2002.
"I am both thrilled and honored to have been elected to serve as chairman of the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees," stated Fryer. "I look forward to working with our talented and experienced Trustees to build on the strong foundations of our predecessors as we guide the College to new levels of academic excellence."
Fryer has spent his career in the banking and securities industry, having served in a number of senior management positions in both industries. He was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hamilton Bank and its parent, National Central Financial Corporation, a $2 billion bank holding company, until 1983.
He then joined Hopper Soliday & Co., Inc., a securities firm, serving as chairman, president and chief executive officer until 1994, and then served as president, chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of Dauphin Deposit Corporation, a $6 billion bank holding company, until his retirement from banking. He rejoined Hopper Soliday as chairman and continues today as a registered representative with RBC Dain Raucher, a successor firm. He has held numerous memberships on boards of public and private companies and non-profit institutions. He is a member of the faculty of the Central Atlantic School of Banking, Dickinson College, and the Advanced School of Banking, Bucknell University.
A 1970 graduate of Florida Southern College, Fryer is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa and a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program. "I attribute much of my professional success to the exceptional education I received at Florida Southern College," stated Fryer. "Not only did my academic coursework provide a solid knowledge base for a career in finance, but the liberal arts emphasis at Southern instilled in me a passion for life-long learning. Further, my participation in a variety of campus organizations gave me invaluable experiences that equipped me to work with, understand, and manage all types of personalities and backgrounds"
“I am so very pleased to have such an outstanding alumnus leading our board,” said Dr. Anne Kerr, president of Florida Southern. “Bob’s business and investment expertise, as well as his leadership, are of great value to the college. Bob's has demonstrated his commitment to private higher education through exemplary teaching at several distinguished institutions as well as his service to and support of Florida Southern College."
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