Dr. Barbara Bryan Becomes First Black Woman President of Broward College


October 16, 2023

Broward College in Florida is celebrating the news that it will have its first Black woman president in the history of the institution.  

Education veteran Dr. Barbara Bryan has been named as the college’s new president. Miami Times Online reports that the decision came less than 24 hours after it was announced by the college that lobbyist and former Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Senior Chancellor Henry Mack III would be its acting president.

School officials detailed that Mack withdrew his name for consideration for the role due over contract terms.

Dr. Bryan began her role as acting president on October 4, making her the college’s first woman president in the college’s history.

Dr. Bryan worked as a Broward College administrator  from 1987 until 2013. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration and has been leading a higher education consulting business over the past 10 years. 

She said she is “thrilled” about accepting her new role. 


“I’ve spent the greater part of my career at the institution and it is an honor for me to return in the capacity of acting president to serve among the dedicated and passionate faculty and staff in our mission to provide quality education and job training to our community. Most important, as we move forward, we will maintain our unwavering commitment to our students,” Dr. Bryan said. 

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