Stetson names vice president of campus life

Dr. John P. Downey has been named vice president of campus life and student success at Stetson University.

Dr. Downey was selected to lead the university’s student affairs following a nationwide search. He joins Stetson from Widener University in Chester, Pa., where he served as dean of students since May 2019.

He begins his new position on Jan. 1. At Stetson, he will lead a large and diverse team of highly committed and engaged individuals focused on supporting all students by offering multiple opportunities and venues for personal and academic growth, leadership and career opportunities, and an enriched collegiate experience.

Pace Center for Girls has openings for new students

Pace Center for Girls has openings for students ages 11 to 17.

Pace is a gender-responsive, trauma-informed and strength-based program that has been around for more than 25 years. Pace values and promotes the female perspective by respecting its distinct needs, creating safe and gender-responsive environments, and celebrating the female experience.

They work to create an environment that fosters the long-term growth and development of girls, staff, agency, and communities.

For more information, call (386) 262-9792 or email

Brown Hall opening at Stetson

Stetson University will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Cici & Hyatt Brown Hall

for Health & Innovation at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at 421 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand.

The new building connects to Sage Hall Science Center through glass walkways and creates a 120,000-square-foot science complex, allowing Stetson to continue expanding its health and science programs, given the strong student demand and career outlooks.

Speakers will include Cici and Hyatt Brown, trustees of the school who donated $18 million for the building; Dr. Christopher F. Roellke, school president; and administrators, faculty members and students.

Tours will be available after the ceremony.

Palmer College of Chiropractic awards degrees

The following students graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida Campus Sept. 23 in Port Orange:

Cody Estrel of Ponce Inlet, and Marqus Brown, Avalon Liscio, Lizmary Rivera and William Salinger, all of Port Orange.

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