2015 MAKERS

Women Who Make Southwest Florida


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Hodges University

Founded in 1990 as International College, Hodges University has established itself as one of the premier private universities in the state of Florida. The name was changed to Hodges University in May 2007 to honor a generous gift by Earl and Thelma Hodges, long-time residents of Naples and avid supporters of the institution.

Hodges mission is to offer Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees as well as other programs that enhance the ability of students to achieve personal or professional objectives. To accomplish this mission our schools offer a variety of academic programs online, on our Fort Myers and Naples campuses and at Learning Sites on the campus of Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida.