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Northwest Florida State College President Dr. Devin Stephenson Receives Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award

On Monday, December 4, 2023, Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), received the prestigious Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award. This award was presented to Dr. Stephenson during the annual SACSCOC Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Each year, the SACSCOC awards individuals across the Southern United States with Meritorious Service Awards for their faithful and dedicated service and support of the SACSCOC. This award honors outstanding service to the accreditation processes, including exceptional leadership and volunteerism.

“I am deeply honored to receive the SACSCOC Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award,” expressed NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of NWFSC and our shared commitment to educational excellence. Together, we strive to transform lives through impactful programs and innovative experiences, preparing students for success in our dynamic world.”

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) stands as the foremost educational institution in the region, with two campuses, five education centers, and a range of online and dual enrollment options. NWFSC’s mission is to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s success. It is guided by a vision to transform lives through exemplary, relevant programs and educational experiences meeting the workforce demands of our ever-changing economy.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor that monitors, evaluates, and accredits education institutions in the states of Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. It evaluates American schools for U.S. students in Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean Sea.
SACS is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). More information regarding SACS-COC and its accreditation process can be found on their website at A list of all institutions accredited by the agency can be found at

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