TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2023) – The University of South Florida announced today the appointment of Braulio Colón as executive director of the Florida College Access Network. An independent, statewide community impact organization, FCAN supports and represents a cross-section of more than 700 organizations and institutions across Florida devoted to improving college access and success for all students. Colón will provide strategic leadership for FCAN, which is hosted by USF, with proven expertise in partnership development to increase successful outcomes for students and ensure a pathway to economic mobility for all Floridians.
“The University of South Florida takes pride in its longstanding support of the Florida College Access Network,” President Rhea Law said. “Braulio will bring visionary leadership to the organization and a deep understanding of the issues facing Florida’s students. He also brings a wealth of experience in higher education and workforce development, as well as strong ties to the university, which will be invaluable in this position.”
Colón comes to USF from Helios Education Foundation, where he served as vice president, Florida Student Success Initiatives since 2013. Helios is a community impact and philanthropic organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals to be successful in postsecondary education. While at Helios, Colón led in the development of more than $70 million in board-approved community investments supporting various initiatives and system-change projects in Florida and Arizona.
“The University of South Florida is thrilled to have such a proven and passionate advocate to grow and enhance the important work of FCAN,” said Cynthia DeLuca, USF vice president of student success. “Mr. Colón will oversee the execution of FCAN’s 2020-25 strategic plan, provide an important student-centered voice in our state’s policy discussions, and build upon the accomplishments of this phenomenal organization.”
Colón is a two-time USF graduate, earning a bachelor’s in Africana studies and a master’s in public administration. More recently, Colón received a certificate in executive leadership from Cornell University.
“I am excited about the future of FCAN and joining a team that celebrates and promotes community collaboration as a means for building and strengthening Florida’s talent pool,” Colón said. “I look forward to listening to our partners and seeking ways FCAN can support the important work taking place across Florida.”
FCAN supports 17 community coalitions that collectively represent 82 percent of Florida’s population. Funders of FCAN include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios, and Kresge Foundation.
Colón will begin his new role on Jan. 9.
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About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at www.usf.edu.
About Florida College Access Network
Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is Florida’s first collaborative network committed to ensuring all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve an education beyond high school and prosper in Florida’s dynamic economy. We envision a Florida working together where education is the pathway to economic mobility for all. For more information, visit floridacollegeaccess.org.