James L. Wattenbarger
James Lorenzo Wattenbarger (May 2, 1922 – August 14, 2006) was an American educator.
Dr. James L. Wattenbarger
|Born||May 2, 1922|
|Died||August 14, 2006(aged 84)|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Known for||Known as the Father of the Florida Community Colleges System|
A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, Dr. Wattenbarger is credited as being the Father of the Community College System of Florida. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Florida outlined a master plan that the state used in 1955 to create the modern community college system.
Dr. Wattenbarger returned to the University of Florida in 1968 to become a Professor, and he founded the Institute of Higher Education. He was an active faculty member at the University of Florida until his retirement in 1992.
- Associate degree from Palm Beach Junior College in 1941.
- Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1943.
- Master's degree from University of Florida in 1947
- Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida in 1950.
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