Broward College
Seal of Broward College
Former names
Junior College of Broward County (1959-1968)
Broward Junior College
Broward Community College
TypePublic college
Established1959; 65 years ago (1959)
Parent institution
Florida College System
Academic affiliation
Endowment$62.2 million (2019)[1]
PresidentBarbara J. Bryan (acting)
Academic staff
369 Full-time (Fall 2022) and 774 Part-time (Fall 2022)[2]
Administrative staff
Students30,057 (all undergraduate)[3]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and white    

Broward College is a public college in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. It was established in 1959 as part of a move to broaden Florida's two-year colleges. In 2008 it adopted its current name, reflecting that it is one of the schools designated a "state college", meaning it can offer four-year bachelor's degrees.


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The institution was founded in 1959 as the Junior College of Broward County (JCBC). It opened its doors the following year under the leadership of President Joe B. Rushing, with a faculty of 28 serving a class of 701 students. Until the college's first permanent buildings were completed in 1963, students attended classes in the former Naval Air Station Junior High buildings on the western edge of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

After helping JCBC through its formative years and onto firm footing, Rushing in 1965 announced he was returning to his home state of Texas to become founding president of Tarrant County Community College in Fort Worth. He was followed by Dr. Myron Blee, and then in 1968, A. Hugh Adams, superintendent of public education in Charlotte County, Florida, was appointed president and served in that role until 1986.

Changes began almost immediately. A month after his arrival, the college changed its name to Broward Junior College. Two months after Dr. Adams’ arrival, the Florida Legislature removed junior colleges from oversight by county school boards, and transformed their advisory boards into district boards of trustees. In 1970, the college was renamed again to Broward Community College.

Adams’ interests lay in expanding access to the college for citizens living throughout the county. In his 19 years as president, South and North campuses were created, as was the Downtown Center and the Tigertail Lake Center.

Succeeding Adams was Dr. Will Holcombe, a protégée of Dr. James L. Wattenbarger, the architect of Florida's community college system and executive vice-president at Brevard Community College. Dr. Holcombe had served in a variety of administrative capacities at Broward before joining Brevard’s administrative team.

Dr. Larry Calderon succeeded Holcombe upon his retirement in 2004. Dr. Calderon, an expert in strategic planning, was serving as president of Ventura College when he was appointed Broward's fifth president, and its first of Hispanic heritage. When Dr. Calderon left the college in 2006, Holcombe returned to serve as interim president through the appointment of J. David Armstrong, Jr., in July 2007. President Armstrong came to the college from his position as Chancellor of the Florida College System. In December 2017, Armstrong announced that he would transition from the role of president. Following a nationwide search Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. who served as General Counsel for the college was named president in May 2018. He officially assumed duties on July 1, 2018.

Campuses and education centers

Broward College South Campus administration building

Broward College has three campuses, which are connected to additional partnership centers, or branches, throughout Broward County:

Broward College also has four International Centers located outside the United States, each of them offering standard, face-to-face Broward College courses identical to those taught in Florida, all the way up to complete associate degree programs:[4]

Broward College also offers Study Abroad programs in Spain, Germany, Italy, England, India, and Vietnam, allowing students to complete coursework for college credit at institutions throughout the world.[5]

Organization and administration

The college is part of the Florida College System. Its president Barbara J. Bryan . As of 2007 the endowment was $75.7 million.


The college has close to 5,000 part-time and full-time faculty and staff and serves over 63,000 students annually.[6]


Demographics of student body (Fall 2018)[7]
Students Florida U.S. Census
African American 30.93% 16.9% 13.4%
Asian American 3.17% 2.9% 5.8%
European American 16.15% 54.1% 60.7%
Hispanic American 35.93% 25.6% 18.1%
Multiracial American 3.63% 2.1% 2.7%
Native American 0.21% 0.5% 1.3%
International student 4.47% N/A N/A

Broward College Libraries

On Broward College's A Hugh Adams’ Central Campus is a four-story University/College library (U/CL) that serves as a joint-use facility for students, faculty, and staff of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Broward College (BC). The facility includes a reference desk, café, open stacks, archives/special collections, study rooms, learning resource labs (Academic Success Center), interlibrary loan, and a check-out desk.[citation needed]


Broward College participated in collegiate sports programs from 1962 through 2021, when for budgetary reasons all programs were ended.

Also known as the Seahawks, the school had 6 varsity sports: Men's [8] and Women's Basketball,[9] Men's [10] and Women's Soccer [11] Baseball,[12] Softball,[13] Women's Tennis [14] and Women's Volleyball.[15] All sports competed in the NJCAA and Region 8.

Notable alumni

Main article: List of Broward College alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "College Navigator - Broward College".
  3. ^ "College Navigator - Broward College".
  4. ^ "Broward College - Overseas Centers - Affiliates". Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  5. ^ "Study Abroad Program - Home Page". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  6. ^ "History of BC". Broward College. 2013. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "SACSCOC Accreditation".
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball". Broward College.
  9. ^ "Women's Basketball". Broward College.
  10. ^ "Men's Soccer". Broward College.
  11. ^ "Women's Soccer". Broward College.
  12. ^ "Baseball". Broward College.
  13. ^ "Softball". Broward College.
  14. ^ "Women's Tennis". Broward College.
  15. ^ "Women's Volleyball". Broward College.

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