Broward College Announces Vice Provost and Campus President Appointments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (Jan. 6, 2020) – Broward College today announced the final selections for the advertised vice provosts and campus president positions. The appointments are effective Tuesday, Jan. 21 and are as follows:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Nasse, vice provost, Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, president of North Campus and vice provost, Academic Services
  • Dr. Stephen Dunnivant, president for the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus and vice provost, Teaching Excellence and Learning

"These candidates demonstrate the best academic leadership within our state," said Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Services. "We know their expertise will strengthen the academic programs and support we offer to our faculty and students."

Dr. Jeffery Nasse is a proven academic leader with a sustained track record of success in various leadership capacities at Broward College. He brings more than 15 years of experience in collegiate teaching and administration across multiple areas to the position of Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, including adjunct faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, Central Maine Community College, and East Carolina University.  Dr. Nasse also has academic affairs support and student success results for the college, including efficiencies, improved scheduling options, expanded academic resources for students, and improved retention. Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 1994, Dr. Nasse attended East Carolina University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 1999 and a Master of Arts in English in 2002. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University in 2013.

Dr. Beaton-Garcia has been at Broward College since 2009, initially serving as a full-time faculty librarian and an adjunct faculty instructor in liberal arts. Most recently, she served as the interim president of the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, vice provost of Teaching Excellence and Learning, interim president of North Campus, and vice provost of Academic Services.  She has served the Broward community in various capacities, including serving on the board for the PACE Center for Girls Broward, Broward County Public Library Foundation, and the National Community College Hispanic Council Board of Directors.  Before joining Broward College, Dr. Beaton-Garcia worked in the Information Technology industry and for various educational organizations providing strategic oversight in training and development. She earned a master's degree in Information Science from the University of South Florida, and a doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Dunnivant has more than 27 years of experience in public and higher education, workforce, and economic development. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is a published educational author. He served in several capacities at Gulf Coast State College from 2007 to 2016, where he played the lead role in the design, funding, and development of a $35 million Advanced Technology Center, establishing key workforce partnerships with local and national industries to stimulate regional economic development. He was directly involved in attracting more than $250 million in funding through leading capital campaigns, acquiring legislative appropriations, and co-leading a campaign for a sales tax initiative supporting the renewal of educational facilities. Dr. Dunnivant most recently served as Dean of Business, Industry, and Technology at Tallahassee Community College.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Educational Technology from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.


Serving approximately 56,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees, and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit