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Dr. Foglesong ‘graduates’ with class of 2018

After teaching at Rollins for 34 years, Dr. Rick Foglesong is set to retire at the end of this semester.

His Rollins career began in 1984, when he came to us to teach political science after six years spent teaching at Amherst College, Mass.

Dr. Rick Foglesong has been an expert on all things Florida and will be missed by many come his retirement in May. Photos by Kira Bernhard

During his 34 years at Rollins, Foglesong took some time out to teach at Hong Kong University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and at UCLA, where he taught in their urban-planning program.

Foglesong has been a go-to intellectual source for just about everything concerning Florida, commenting on such diverse topics as the national elections and Walt Disney World, a topic he specializes in. Beyond Walt Disney World and Floridian and American politics, Foglesong is also an expert in urban development and Hispanic politics.

After retirement, he plans to continue in his position as a political analyst for WFTV-Channel 9. He also has plans on becoming a convention speaker.

Most importantly, he said, he wants to dedicate more time to playing golf, going kayak fishing, and trying to stay healthy.

“My best experience was serving as faculty president in 2009 to 2011,” said Foglesong, “and my proudest moment was winning the college’s Bornstein Scholar award as the first recipient.” He said his fondest memories, though, have been watching so many of his students walk across the stage at graduation.

“I figure I’m graduating, graduating with the Class of 2018, rather than retiring.”

Foglesong had one final lesson he wished to impart to Rollins students:

“Just because you can’t do everything to change the world, doesn’t mean you can’t do something.”

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