We are so grateful to Dr. Larry Tyree (B.A.E.’66, M.Ed.’68, Ed.D.) for choosing to guide the future of education. The newly established Dr. Larry W. Tyree Endowed Scholarship, will support graduate education in the Counselor Education master’s degree program, Student Personnel in Higher Education master’s degree program, and the Higher Education Leadership in Educational Administration Doctoral (LEAD) program.
Tyree’s lifelong commitment to education is clear from his impressive 45-year career in which he retired as president of Florida Keys Community College in Key West, Florida in June 2012. Previously, he held the rank of full professor at the University of Florida, where he was also the director of the Institute of Higher Education and the executive director of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges.
As an administrator, Tyree worked at 11 community colleges in six states. For 32 years he was president or chancellor of three colleges in Florida (Gulf Coast, Santa Fe, and Florida Keys), as well as the Dallas County (Texas) Community College District. He also served as interim president of colleges in Kentucky, Kansas, New York, and Illinois.
It’s no surprise that he was named a distinguished alumnus by each of his three alma maters – Pensacola State College (A.A.), University of Florida (B.A.E., M.Ed.) and Indiana University (Ed.D.) – and received the American Association of Community Colleges’ National Leadership Award. Tyree was also named president emeritus by Santa Fe College, Florida Keys Community College, and Independence (KS) Community College and professor emeritus by the University of Florida.
It is no doubt that this extensive involvement in higher education has made a lasting impression on Tyree and those around him. And now, through the Dr. Larry W. Tyree Endowed Scholarship, his legacy has been galvanized here at the College of Education for generations to come.