Rector Carlos Langoni, PhD.
Carlos Ricardo Langoni holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; both earned at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
His career with Florida State University began in 1987 as adjunct faculty of the Florida State University campus in the Republic of Panama. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1989 and promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. From 1997 until 2000 Dr. Langoni served as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. In 2000 he was appointed Vice-rector, position he held until August 2003 when he became Interim Rector of FSU – Panama. On June 14, 2004, he was appointed as Rector of the FSU campus in the Republic of Panama, with the responsibilities for leading the institution in the fulfillment of its mission of providing excellence in higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since then FSU Panama has become a truly international campus with students from more than 30 different countries.
During his professional career, Dr. Langoni has been associated with EMBRATEL (Empresa Brasileira de Telecomunicações) where he served as Intern Engineer; PUC Rio de Janeiro, where he served as Teaching Assistant and Lecturer from 1978 to 1981, and the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, where he served as Research Assistant from 1985 to 1987. During his academic career Dr. Langoni has taught courses and conducted research in the areas of Operations Research, Computer Science and Mathematics.
Dr. Langoni has served as consultant to the World Bank. His research interests are in the areas of Algorithm Analysis, Mathematical Modelling and Computational Complexity. He has presented papers on international conferences on Scheduling problems, algorithms and their complexity. He is a regular member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He has represented FSU-Republic of Panama on several committees, workshops, seminars and discussion groups on the topics of higher education and the development of an accreditation system in the country.
Alexandra Anyfanti, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs
A native of Greece, Alexandra Anyfanti holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Warwick, UK. She moved to Panama in 1993 and began her affiliation with FSU in January of 1994 as an adjunct instructor of English. She taught English and Composition as adjunct until 2001 when she was offered a full-time position in the area of English and Writing. Her involvement with campus life and activities on a voluntary basis prepared her to accept the position of Director of Student Affairs, a position that oversees the operation of the Student Affairs office, Academic Advising, Campus Life, and Student Rights and Responsibilities, a position she held for two years. After serving as interim Vice Rector for a year, she was offered and accepted the position of Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, a position she currently holds.
As Vice Rector for Academic Affairs she oversees the area of Academics, Course Planning and Scheduling as well as Academic Advising and Registration. Additionally, she liaises with major administrative offices in the main campus of FSU in Tallahassee such as Admissions and Records in order to handle admissions for the Republic of Panama campus. She still teaches Writing classes such as Freshman Reading Writing and Research, Special Topics in Composition, Introduction to the Short Story and Contemporary Literature.
Publication: “Time, Space, and Consciousness in James Joyce’s Ulysses” in Hypermedia Joyce Studies. Vol. 4, no. 2 (2003-2004).
Alonso de la Guardia, Vice Rector for University Relations
Alonso de la Guardia received his B.S. from the Florida State University College of Business in 1975 and later pursued graduate studies at University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Professional Certified Marketer (PCM®) certification from the American Marketing Association.
He started his professional career in the financial industry, first with Bank of Boston and later with International Bank of Panama, where he served as Associate General Manager. His career later stretched into the distribution and Real Estate sectors.
He served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the FSU campus in the Republic of Panama from 1999 until 2011 – a period that witnessed the implementation of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties and the opening of our campus in the City of Knowledge.
In 2011 he resigned from the Board to assume the position of Vice Rector for University Relations with the mission of growing our campus into an international institution with students from all continents. His main responsibilities include enrollment management and stakeholder’s relations. He also directs our Professional Development Program.
Carmen Ligia Lugo Espinosa, Vice Rector for Finance & Administration
Carmen Ligia Lugo E. holds a Master in Business Administration from Instituto Centro Americano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE) in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with concentration in Accounting from Universidad Nacional de Panama in the Republic of Panama, and holds the CPA License from Panama Government.
During her professional career she has held positions as a Financial Analyst in companies in Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Panama.
She has taught at a master’s level in different universities in Panama and Ecuador in areas such as Budget Control, Cost Control, Finance and Accounting.
As Vice Rector for Finance and Administration since 2014 she oversees the Accounting, Cashier, Bookstore, Reception and Maintenance Departments.
One of her main responsibilities include the budget control of the University and maintains the financial and accounting information of Florida State University Panama in a reliable and timely manner.
Board of Directors
- James E. Pitts – President of the Board
- Thomas H. Kenna – Vice President of the Board
- Carlos Sosa – Secretary of the Board
- Michele Ceci – Treasurer
- Sally McRorie
- Carlos Ricardo Langoni
- Jorge Arosemena
- Emilio Ho
- David Rancourt
- David Rasmussen
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