Tallahassee, FL – Bryant Miller Olive (BMO) is proud to congratulate former Managing Shareholder Randy Hanna who has been named Chancellor of The Florida College System, effective November 14.
The Florida College System is an organization of 28 community colleges and state colleges that provide the primary access point to postsecondary education for 800,000 students throughout the State of Florida. Approximately 66 percent of the state’s high school graduates pursue their postsecondary education by beginning at a Florida college, and 81 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attend one of Florida’s 28 colleges. Though many types of educational platforms are offered at the colleges, students who receive an Associate’s in Arts degree are guaranteed transfer to one of Florida’s 11 universities.
As Chancellor, Hanna will lead that system, working to provide opportunities for students and to build consensus with other education stakeholders, from K-12 institutions to four-year universities and workforce participants. This role will continue longstanding work that Hanna has done in the higher education arena.
“I have always had a strong interest in public service and have served on boards focused on higher education for many years. I am excited to have this opportunity to further dedicate my time and energy to the academic success of students in Florida’s college system.” Hanna said.
Hanna’s array of education experience has included serving as a member and past chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tallahassee Community College and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University and the University of West Florida.
Hanna is succeeded in his Managing Shareholder role by Tampa attorney Grace Dunlap, who has spent 18 years with BMO’s Tampa office. “Grace has the trust of everyone who works at BMO and has the vision to continue to move the firm forward,” Hanna said of BMO’s new managing shareholder. “I have had the honor of practicing with her since 1993, and I know of her personal and professional commitment to the firm. I could not be happier with this selection.”
On behalf of Bryant Miller Olive, Dunlap has extended the firm’s support and best wishes to Hanna on his new position. “BMO would like to share our sincere congratulations to Randy. He will be missed by everyone at the firm, but we know that he will work hard to make the higher educational opportunities in our State more successful and a stand out program for its students, its teachers, and its administrators,” Dunlap said.
Hanna began his legal career as a law clerk at Bryant Miller Olive in 1982 and has served as Managing Shareholder of the firm for the past 14 years. While looking forward to this new opportunity, he has also stated that he will miss his close relationships with colleagues and clients at the firm.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with this group of people. After 30 years with BMO, I feel that I have had one of the best jobs in the world. I have had the opportunity to work every day with what I consider to be one of the best teams in the country,” Hanna said.
During Mr. Hanna’s tenure as Managing Shareholder of the firm, BMO grew from three offices to seven, adding locations in Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami and Washington, D.C. to its existing presence in Tallahassee, Tampa and Atlanta. During his tenure the firm has grown from 10 to approximately 50 attorneys and consultants.
Under Hanna’s leadership, the firm also expanded its service offerings beyond the public finance practice that began when the firm was established in 1970. Now, in addition to being the top ranked Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel in the State of Florida (as reported in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace), BMO also offers services in Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Corporate Trust and Default, Energy and Utility, Environment and Climate Change, Government Procurement, Government Consulting, Labor and Employment, Land Use, Litigation, Public Policy, Public Private Partnership, Real Property, and State and Local Government.
More About Florida’s Colleges
Florida’s 28 colleges are open to everyone and offer GED training, adult basic education, as well as certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs. Certificate and degree programs offered at the colleges range from auto mechanics to nursing to the Associate in Arts degree, which guarantees transfer to one of Florida’s 11 state universities. Many colleges are now offering bachelor’s degrees in high demand fields such as Nursing, Technology, and Education.