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Lars Hafner

Truth > Tribalism

Experience

Dr. Lars Hafner is a known innovative educator, energetic leader, and passionate political analyst with demonstrated success in both of education and politics. Dr. Hafner served 12 years in the Florida State Legislature as an elected state representative until term limits were set in place in 2000.

As a faithful, 12-year member of the Florida House Appropriations Committee, he developed a strong fiscal background and helped write, negotiate, debatem and pass a multi-billion dollar budget each of his 12 years. Dr. Hafner authored and led to passage numerous, significant pieces of legislation in the areas of education, ethics, health, and human services and environmental. For his work in these areas, Dr. Hafner received a lifetime Legislative Achievement Award.

Most recently, Lars Hafner served as the President of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, the area’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education with 36,000 credit students annually. There, Dr. Hafner worked in concert with SCF employees and community members of the Board of Trustees to propel several new priorities. These accomplishments include technology upgrades, sustainability initiatives, commitment to the community college mission, and transformational leadership to bring four-year degree programs to the institution. He also helped to acquire baccalaureate status for the college, a process that resulted in outstanding success at both the regional and program levels. Ever the visionary, Dr. Hafner also created the South College of Florida Collegiate School, a unique and first of its king middle to high school housed on a college campus.

SCF Collegiate School emphasizes globalization and the enrollment of first generation students. From middle school to high school it offers a continuum of education that provides students the opportunity to graduate simultaneously with a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

Above all, Dr. Lars Hafner is dedicated to reaching across the asiles of disagreement and conquering dangerous tribalism through truthful speech — something that he lives out as a political analyst for WTSP Channel 10, Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate in the 11th largest media market. In this position, he regularly provides on air analysis of federal, state, and local politics on both policy issues and campaigns.

Past Positions

Political Analyst

Lars Hafner provides on air political analysis for WTSP Channel 10.

State Representative, Florida Legislature

Lars Hafner served 12 years in the Florida Legislature as an elected state representative.

President, State College of Florida

Lars Hafner served as the President of the State College of Florida, the area’s oldest and largest public institution.

Honors

  • Lars Hafner’s work in the areas of education, ethics, health, environment, and human services earned him a Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award.

Education

Lars Hafner earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Education/Higher Education dministration from Barry University.

Recent Blogs

Developing Theory of Change Amid Youth

Developing Theory of Change Amid Youth

Over the last political decade, we’ve seen voting registration of youth soar. But even so, just because youth are registered to vote, doesn’t mean the turnout will be high. Youth engagement in politics is something that continues to be discussed and studied. Because...

Midterm Turnout of Informed Youth Soars

Midterm Turnout of Informed Youth Soars

Prior to the 2018 midterm election, there was a call to action directed at the youth of America, prompting them to invoke their civic responsibility to vote. Though voter turnout is typically lower during midterm elections than it is for primary and presidential...

Civic Engagement Key To Breaking The Cycle of Poverty

Civic Engagement Key To Breaking The Cycle of Poverty

It is no secret that poverty creates a significant obstacle to equality in the US. Children of poverty are so weighed down by legitimate real-world concerns that it is difficult for them to focus on school work or study and they are more likely to change schools...