IRSC President recieves EDC Leadership Award
By Eric Pfahler
Thursday, January 10, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE — The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County presented Indian River State College President Edwin Massey with the first Pete Hegener Leadership Award in front of almost 300 people Thursday night.
The award was named in honor of the late Paul “Pete” Hegener, who was one of Port St. Lucie’s most influential people and is credited for playing a key role in bringing biotech industries to the region. Hegener served as president of Core Communities.
“Pete was well known throughout Florida and in St. Lucie County, in particular, for his leadership and vision for business development,” Dr. Richard Houghten, the president and CEO of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and EDC chairman, said in a news release. “In selecting the first ever recipient for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award, Dr. Massey shares the same vision and philosophies that exemplify true leadership.”
Massey was appointed IRSC president in 1988 after coming to the college as a biology professor in 1973. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology with an emphasis in Marine Biochemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed postgraduate studies in Evolutionary Biochemistry at Duke University.
“We are honored to have Dr. Massey (as) a member of our community and are pleased to recognize him for his exemplary leadership and character,” Houghten said in the news release.
The award is given to a person who possesses all of the traits of superior leadership and has a demonstrated record of accomplishments that promote and enhance community and economic development, according to the award guidelines. The person selected must exhibit commitment to a vision and must also possess extraordinary ability to recognize and work with the talents of other individuals, being able to put their interests ahead of his or her personal goals.