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Distinguished veteran, top higher ed administrator join JU staff in key leadership posts

Jacksonville University has named distinguished military veteran and senior banking executive Michael Fleming as its Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer, along with top law school administrator Teresa Heekin Davlantes as inaugural Executive Director of the University’s new Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation & Commerce (EPIC) initiative.

Fleming, a retired Brigadier General and former Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, will be responsible for developing and enhancing relations with key government, community and military leaders and representing key priorities and policies of the University.

Over his four-decade career, Fleming has held such positions as Site Lead of Deutsche Bank Jacksonville, Assistant Adjutant General of the Florida Army National Guard, Chief Legislative Liaison for the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, and National Security Fellow at Harvard University.

Davlantes, former Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel for Florida Coastal School of Law, will lead the effort to develop the recently announced EPIC into a premier research, education, policy, and engagement initiative that helps boost Florida economic development and equips JU graduates with high-demand cross-disciplinary skills.

Davlantes’ more than 30 years of experience includes positions as a Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel for Coastal Law; Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Coastal Law; associate attorney with Rogers, Towers P.A. of Jacksonville; and a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She is also immediate past Chair of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board and a board member since being appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in 2011.

“These are two outstanding individuals in our region with extraordinary talent, experience and dedication,” said JU President Tim Cost. “Mike brings broad and deep senior-level executive leadership experience in multiple positions, and Terri is well-recognized for her highly advanced skills in academic program startup and marketplace innovation. They will both help lead JU as we continue to offer the finest student educational experience and contribute to the growth and quality of life in our region.”

Fleming and Davlantes begin their duties Oct. 1.

Adding to the new talent joining JU’s staff will be 2011 alumna Diana Donovan, in the newly created position of Director, Office of the President. Donovan was most recently Director Of Scheduling for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s administration. She is a member of the JU Alumni Board of Governors. Her previous positions include JU Admissions Event & Visitation Coordinator and JU Ambassador.

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About Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University works to prepare each of its more than 4,000 students for lifelong success in learning, achieving, leading and serving. Its 240-acre riverfront campus is just minutes from downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. It has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for 11 straight years, and ranks in the top 1% among all Florida colleges for Return on Investment for its graduates. With a 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio and full-time faculty percentage of 80 percent, it offers small class sizes, inviting campus grounds and engaged faculty and staff in a setting that promotes community, ambition and responsibility. JU has nearly 190 full-time faculty and offers more than 70 majors, programs and concentrations. Additionally, it offers graduate degrees in business, choreography, education leadership, marine science, mathematics, nursing, orthodontics, public policy and speech-language pathology. JU is accredited by, among others, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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