Under Dr. Ed Massey’s leadership, Indian River State College was named the number one college in the nation in April 2019, winning the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Dr. Massey was appointed as Indian River State College’s third president in 1988 and retired in August of 2020.
He earned his Ph.D. in Zoology, with an emphasis in Marine Biochemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed advanced studies in Evolutionary Biochemistry at Duke University.
Dr. Massey is a fixture of leadership on the local, state, and national level. He served as the Chairman of the Florida Articulation Coordinating Committee for more than 20 years and served on several boards including the American Association of Community Colleges, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and others.
In recognition of his outstanding leadership, Dr. Massey has received the 2013 Association of Community College Trustees Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award and Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award, the 2013 Peter Hegener Leadership Award and the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.
Dr. Massey is a devoted family man to his wife of 54 years, Jo, three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.