Dr. Lars Hafner brings a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to Coatue. His extensive work in government includes serving in the Florida House of Representatives for 12 years as well as consulting on countless local and state campaigns and national initiatives. He is lauded as an innovator in education and most recently served as President of the State College of Florida (SCF).

As President, he worked extensively with state and local governments on workforce, policy and budgetary issues. Prior to assuming his SCF presidency, Dr. Hafner served as the Provost at St. Petersburg College’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, as well as a Vice President for education and student services. He co-conceived, designed and promoted the University Partnership Center (UPC) at St. Petersburg College, which hosted 18 colleges and universities offering 84 full-degree programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

During his tenures in both government and education, he developed a reputation for fiscal prudence and helped write, negotiate, debate and pass a multibillion-dollar budgets. Dr. Hafner authored and led to passage significant pieces of legislation in the areas of education, ethics, health, environment and human services. For his work on these and other issues he received numerous awards including a Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award.


His knowledge, strategic approach and access to resources makes him an asset when it comes to working with governmental entities and community organizations.


Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Hafner received his bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, a master's degree from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in leadership and education/higher education administration from Barry University.


He enjoys living in downtown St. Petersburg with his family.