Florida Institute of Technology President Anthony J. Catanese was recently elected chairman of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) for a two-year term.

ICUF is a diverse association of 28 private, educational institutions. These colleges and universities award 26 percent of Florida’s bachelor degrees and one-third of all degrees. ICUF institutions are non-profits, Florida-based and (like Florida’s public universities and community colleges) accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). They serve more than 120,000 students at 180 sites around Florida.

As chairman, Catanese will be ICUF’s principal advocate in Tallahassee and in Washington.

“Serving as chairman of the ICUF Council of Presidents is an important link to the other colleges and universities,” said Ed H. Moore, ICUF president. “Dr. Catanese is a highly respected authority on Florida higher education issues and will be an outstanding representative for ICUF in statewide policy discussions.”

“I’m honored to be chosen for this leadership role, and look forward to working with my ICUF colleagues across the state to advocate on higher education issues that are of critical importance to all Floridians,” Catanese said.

About Florida Institute of Technology

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race half a century ago, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. With more than 8,000 students enrolled on main campus, extended campuses and online, Florida Tech has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, ranked among America’s Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked in 2009 as one of the nation’s top 18 engineering technical institutes by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.