A RISING STAR
New campus president comes with
high praise and higher expectations
He lists only five jobs on his resume, including
one that lasted only six months. He has worked
in the upper echelons of Indian River State
College for more than a decade, but has no real
So, Andrew Treadwell’s promotion in September to
president of the Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West might
have come as a surprise to some observers.
Yet no one who has worked with Treadwell has any
doubts about the board of trustees’ choice out of 50
national candidates for the job.
Treadwell, 41, has a very different style than his predecessor,
Harvey Arnold, who retired in June after 17 years
as campus president. Treadwell exudes a youthful, humorous
and enthusiastic presence. By his own admission, he
takes a lighthearted approach to running IRSC’s largest
campus. Yet that cavalier impression is overwhelmed by
his passion for the college and his determination to succeed
in his new position.
Treadwell lists as mentors the three powerful men he’s
worked for in the last 17 years: former Florida Senate President
Ken Pruitt; retired IRSC President Edwin Massey;
and IRSC President Timothy Moore. He has obviously
learned a great deal from each.
“I think it was a great decision to name him president
of the Pruitt Campus,” Massey said. “The jobs he’s had
through the President’s Office … have exposed him to
many facets of IRSC. He’s a very well-qualified candidate. >>
20 Port St. Lucie Magazine
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Andrew Treadwell, 41, was named president of Indian River State College’s Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West in September.
BY ANTHONY WESTBURY