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Mitch Cordova, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Management and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences

Florida Gulf Coast University

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Biography

Dr. Cordova currently serves as the Founding Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Management and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He has held this position since March 2018 after serving more than six years as Professor & Dean of the Marieb College of Health & Human Services. In his capacity as Vice President for Student Success & Enrollment Management, Dr. Cordova leads a comprehensive division comprising four units containing 13 departments all aimed toward optimizing and maximizing FGCU’s efforts in: admitting best-fit students to FGCU; enhancing student engagement and campus life; improving student retention, persistence, and four-year graduation rates; decreasing the cost of attendance; and enhancing the employability of students following graduation.

Prior to his arrival at FGCU, Dr. Cordova served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 6 years where he also served as Founding Director of the Biodynamics Research Laboratory and Research Faculty in the Center for Bioengineering Systems. Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Cordova was on faculty at Indiana State University for eight years, serving in many capacities, including: Department Chair, Director of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, and Director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Cordova’s research endeavors have culminated in more than 65 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, textbook chapters, and textbook reviews. He has also delivered over 130 professional research presentations, symposia, and invited lectures at the national and international levels. Dr. Cordova has been recognized nationally for his research accomplishments, and is a Fellow of the following national associations: American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Active in Southwest Florida, Dr. Cordova currently serves on many community boards, committees and task forces including: Board of Directors – Naples Botanical Garden; Board of Directors – Moorings Park, Inc; Past President and Past Vice President, Board of Trustees – Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center; Chairman – American Heart Association – SWFL Market Board; and American Heart Association – Lee County Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Cordova is also a proud graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2016. He earned his B.S. degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University, his master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and his Ph.D. in Biomechanics from The University of Toledo. Dr. Cordova has also completed the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education certificate program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.