Honorary Degree Recipients
2022 Honorary Degree Recipients and Commencement Speakers
School of Liberal Arts
Umran Beba, M.B.A.
School of Business
Umran Beba works as a partner at August Leadership based in NY as a search, leadership, and diversity consultant.
She is an experienced senior business executive with general management, talent, and diversity background. Close to 35 years of experience in Consumer Goods Industry where 25 years was with PepsiCo in four different locations namely Istanbul, Hong Kong, Dubai, and New York. She was the Asia Pacific President of PepsiCo following president and general management roles in Southeast Europe, East Mediterranean /Middle East, and Turkey. She has been in Chief HR Officer and Chief Diversity Officer roles in her career.
Beba co-founded the Beba Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation and serves on the boards of Bakkavor Group plc., International Youth Foundation and Purchase College Foundation. She is an Advisory Board member of Mercy College Business School and in the role of Board of Overseers for Columbia University School of Professional Studies.
She co-authored a book called “Leaders with Purpose” in Turkish (Deger Yaratan Liderler) with Arzu Cekirge Paksoy.
She is a native of Turkey and earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her family.
School of Business
Paul Broadie II, Ph.D.
School of Education
Dr. Paul Broadie II began serving as Santa Fe College’s fifth president on February 1, 2020. In his inaugural address he pledged the following pillars would guide his leadership and path forward: student success, individual and institutional growth, innovation, partnerships, and evolution.
His priorities soon included expanding workforce development, shattering equity gaps, enhancing opportunities for professional development, and continuing to grow strong academic programs. During his first few months he engaged key leaders on and off campus in discussions of potential partnerships, took steps to bridge the digital divide by providing students in rural areas greater access to technology, and challenged college leaders to change the mentality, where it exists, that college is not for everyone. Santa Fe offers a variety of options for all individuals to experience the value of a Santa Fe educational experience. Among the vast array of offerings are continuing education, workforce development, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates, and reskilling and upskilling opportunities. Shortly after Broadie began serving as President the college started offering students scholarships to receive short-term credentialing and train for high-demand, middle-wage jobs as welders, auto mechanics, phlebotomists, emergency medical technicians, certified nursing assistants and office specialists. Broadie is passionate about being a part of the fabric of the community and ensuring that everyone has access to, and awareness, of the quality education offered by the college. During his first year in office construction began on the new three-story Blount Hall, the centerpiece of the expansion of the downtown Blount Center into a full-fledged college campus, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking this momentous occasion was held in April 2022.
Broadie presided over the largest single donation in Santa Fe’s history when Ms. MacKenzie Scott donated $40 million to the college. Broadie directed that it be utilized to advance the college’s strategic priorities and mission of adding value to the lives of students and enriching the community. In particular, avenues were explored to close equity gaps, promote a college-going population, increase workforce education, and further address barriers that impede college attendance.
To enhance student opportunities, he has launched innovative initiatives, including the ACB Excel Program, SF Achieve Program, a charter school, and a Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. The ACB Excel Program, whose letters stand for Achieve, Conquer and Believe, is a two-generation approach to breaking cycles of poverty by fostering sustainable employment for the parent and academic success and career exposure for their child. Our new SF Achieve Program advances a college-going culture. All public school students in Alachua and Bradford counties will be eligible for scholarships at Santa Fe, which begins preparing them as early as eighth grade with a pre-college prep curriculum and provides guidance from Santa Fe specialists who are embedded in local high schools. A STEM-focused charter school under development at Santa Fe incorporates the highly successful global P-TECH model and will enable students to complete their high school diploma, A.S. degree, and a minimum of two industry credentials at no cost to them or their families. Continuous learning and innovation at our institution will be further strengthened with the addition of our Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, which will be a hub for innovative teaching practices and positioned to disseminate campus-wide strategies to enhance the student classroom experience.
For nearly three decades, Broadie has expanded academic programs, student services, innovative technology, community partnerships and campus facilities, always with a focus on the student. He is tireless in his commitment, as illustrated by his previously leading two community colleges at the same time – Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. Broadie is now advancing his compelling record here in Florida at Santa Fe, confronting challenges and seeing where opportunities lie, while keeping students at the center of everything.
At the national level, under Broadie’s leadership, a visiting team from the League for Innovation in the Community College, of which Santa Fe is a charter member, voted to reaffirm Santa Fe as a League for Innovation Board College. The team praised the college’s programs and services and its innovative approaches and forward-thinking commitment to the delivery of education.
Internationally, Broadie continued the college’s tradition of ensuring that all students are afforded a global education. He welcomed the college’s sixth Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, who taught two courses and provided guest lectures at the college and in the community during the 2021-22 academic year. In addition, as part of a U.S. Department of State program that engages in citizen-to-citizen diplomacy, for which Santa Fe is the lead community college partner, the college hosted a visiting delegation of higher education administrators from Egypt in February 2022. Under Broadie’s leadership, Santa Fe received the 2021 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts.
In the community, he addresses academic and workforce needs in the community by serving on the boards of CareerSource North Central Florida and the Greater Gainesville Chamber. In 2019, a regional workforce organization in Connecticut honored him with its President’s Award for “leadership and dedication to improving lives and the quality of education in Connecticut.” As he pursues workforce development programs that offer specialized training and good career opportunities, he is also unwavering in his commitment to the liberal arts and educating the whole student.
Broadie was named among Connecticut’s 100 most influential by the NAACP and among the region’s 50 most influential by New Haven Biz magazine. He holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, an M.B.A. from Long Island University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Mercy College.
School of Health and Natural Sciences
School of Liberal Arts
Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms.
As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.
Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. In September 2018, she and her family established “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection and innovative treatments.
Epperson is a lead contributor to “Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.,” a multi-platform financial wellness and education initiative at CNBC in partnership with the micro-investing app Acorns, and developed its companion 8-week learning course and weekly newsletter, “Invest in You: Money 101.” She also contributes to NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News as well as Today.com and NBCNews.com.
Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
Epperson has numerous industry and civic awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Savvy Inspiration Award from the non-profit, financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies. She won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her professional development courses for graduate students.
Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.
She currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Susan Fox, RN, M.B.A.
School of Health and Natural Sciences
Susan Fox, President & CEO of White Plains Hospital, is recognized as one of Westchester County’s most influential executives. A visionary leader, Fox has been at the forefront of the healthcare industry transformation regionally, over the last decade. By forging strategic partnerships and aligning and recruiting top clinical and administrative talent, Fox has driven the expansion of White Plains Hospital into a leading provider of advanced healthcare in the Hudson Valley.
Fox first joined the WPH team in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Administration bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in health management administration. In 2011 she was named Executive Vice President and then President in January, 2013. Fox assumed the position of CEO of White Plains Hospital on May 1, 2015.
Prior to White Plains Hospital, Fox was a Senior Vice President at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System developing and overseeing Physician and Ambulatory Network Services. Prior to NSLIJHS, Fox was a Senior Manager of Health Care Consulting at Ernst and Young, where she specialized in strategy and hospital reengineering.
Fox began her career as a pediatric intensive care nurse at New York Hospital in Manhattan and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Fox serves as the Chairperson of the Westchester County Association, serves on the Columbia University School of Nursing Board of Visitors, and the Board of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). She is a former Chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) – Regional Policy Board 2 and past member of AHA’s Board of Trustees members. Fox has been named to the City & State Westchester Power 100 multiple times, has been awarded the 914 Inc. Women in Business Award, was recognized as a Power Player by Westchester Magazine and recently was named one of 7 most interesting people of the year in Westchester by Westfair. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
School of Education
Ian Kerner, Ph.D., LMFT, M.S.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ian Kerner is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues that often lead to distress. He approaches psychotherapy from an integrative perspective, which seeks to explain human behavior by bringing together physiological, affective, cognitive-behavioral, neurobiological and systemic approaches as they apply to the natural stages of human development and the wide range of human functioning. Kerner endeavors to create an atmosphere of inquisitive reflection, along with a sense of safety and commitment to the therapist-patient bond.
Kerner is regularly quoted as an expert in various media, with recent features in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist and NPR amongst others. Kerner contributes regularly on the topic of sex for CNN Health. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent presentations for the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Ackerman Institute, Tony Robbins, Goop, and TED 2021.
Kerner is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His latest book So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex is now available from Grand Central Publishing.
In addition to being a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Kerner is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and has sat on AASECT's Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). His practice is composed equally of heterosexual and LGBTQ patients and is split between individuals and couples.
Kerner has received post-graduate certification from the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality and the Family and Couples Treatment Services of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, one of New York’s oldest and most respected not-for-profit psychoanalytic institutes. He has also completed a post-graduate program in Trauma Studies at ICP, where he was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in addition to other modalities for working with trauma survivors. Kerner is the co-founder and co-director of the Sex Therapy program at ICP, where he teaches and supervises other therapists. Kerner received his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College.