Dr. Kent Ingle
President, Southeastern University
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BA in Broadcast Journalism, Vanguard University
MA in Theological Studies, Vanguard University
DMin, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
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Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the president of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Ingle has a heart for students. He is passionate about educating and preparing students for Christ-centered leadership and service.
Since Dr. Ingle became the university’s fifteenth president in 2011, the university has seen significant growth. SEU has successfully implemented a shared governance model, expanded the athletics program, added dozens of new academic degrees, constructed new facilities, and dramatically increased its enrollment.
In the fall of 2014, SEU launched the first season of Fire football in its newly completed state-of-the-art football stadium. The College of Natural & Health Sciences Building, featuring a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, opened in 2015. In 2016 the Student Activities Center was expanded and a 120,000-square-foot Live/Learn Facility was opened. Additionally, a 32,000-square-foot Welcome Center was completed in 2020, and the university has plans for an eight-lane NCAA track and field facility.
Since 2011, SEU has added nine sports, which included bringing college wrestling to Florida in 2015 for the first time in 30 years. The Fire have won 26 conference championships since 2013 and 13 programs have landed in the NAIA Top 25. Both the Fire baseball team and women’s basketball team have held No. 1 rankings in the coaches’ poll in two separate seasons.
In May of 2018, SEU athletics made history when baseball won the first NAIA National Championship for the university by going unbeaten during the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Southeastern claimed The Sun Conference’s Commissioner’s Cup during the 2018-19 season for the first time since joining the league in 2009. Annually, the cup is awarded based on a points system for performance in the conference’s postseason tournaments.
The Fire women’s basketball team advanced to the 2019 NAIA Division II National Championship and has won an unprecedented five consecutive Sun Conference regular season championships.
The university has grown from 2,546 students in 2011 to an enrollment of 9,894 students in 2019, with over 150 extension sites, including 23 regional campuses.
Before coming to SEU, Dr. Ingle held leadership positions in higher education, pastoral ministry, and the nonprofit sector. He is an expert in leading turnaround organizations and led teams through transformational change in Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.
Dr. Ingle is a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. He also currently serves on the Global Leadership Council for Pray, a social network for faith organizations and nonprofits, and on the board of the Florida Chamber Foundation.
A frequent guest on Fox & Friends, CBSN, and CNN, Dr. Ingle is the author of several leadership books, including Framework Leadership: Position Yourself for Transformational Change, and the creator and host of the Framework Leadership podcast. He has also appeared on HLN and The Ingraham Angle on Fox.
He frequently shares his Framework Leadership principles as a professor teaching in a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on leadership.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Ingle spent 10 years as a television sports anchor for NBC and CBS. He started as an anchor at the age of 18 in Bakersfield, California, and finished his career in Los Angeles. He covered many professional sports teams and interviewed several notable athletes in the professional sports world, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pete Rose, Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis.