For the past 15 years, Kristi Mollis has served as the president and CEO of Everglades University, an accredited, private, not-for-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and on-campus. She oversees performance, operations, and compliance at their five Florida-based campuses in Boca Raton, Sarasota, Tampa, and Orlando, as well as for their online division.
“It’s one of the most rewarding jobs,” she says. “I have a strong passion for inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential through education.”
That passion has always driven her to do more—more for the university, the people around her, and the greater community.
Throughout her 27 years as an academic leader, Kristi Mollis has dedicated her time and efforts to leaving people and places a little bit better than when she found them. Under her leadership, Everglades University has grown from one campus to five, from college to university status, and from a nationally accredited university to a regionally accredited university. President Kristi Mollis was recognized as Team Leader of the Year for ACCSC and later elected as a Commissioner for ACCSC.
CommunityKristi Mollis believes that the University’s impact extends far beyond its classroom walls. Each student that receives a bachelor’s or master’s degree there will someday go out into the world to apply it. That is why, when the University expanded its programs in 2012, it was important to Kristi Mollis to add programs that would potentially impact our community. “We added degree programs that we felt would significantly impact the community, such as Alternative and Renewable Energy Management and Crisis and Disaster Management,” says Mollis. The university is also committed to community service, working with organizations such as Junior Achievement, Boca Helping Hands, The Place of Hope, KIDS in Distress, and Habitat for Humanity.
AwardsRecently, Kristi was ranked second in the Top 10 Women Led Not For Profit Organizations in Florida, in 2017. The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions, compiled the list and it is the fourth consecutive year that she has received the accolade. She has also been recognized as the 2007 ACCSC’s “Team Leader of the Year” and the 2012 South Florida Business Leader of the Year in Education.