Development and Alumni Affairs
The University of Florida's Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor a graduate can achieve. The award signifies a graduate's contributions in his or her chosen field or outstanding service to the university. The distinction is reserved only for those who have achieved true excellence.
Elizabeth A. "Beth" McCague
Elizabeth Ayers McCague is the chairman of the North Florida Advisory Board at Seaside National Bank and Trust and has been a leader in Florida's banking and finance industry for four decades.
Ms. McCague worked her way up the corporate ladder from a management trainee at First Union Bank to executive vice president for Wachovia Corp. (First Union merged with Wachovia in 2001). Ms. McCague served in various capacities at First Union—both in Florida and Tennessee—culminating with her appointment to president of First Union National Bank of Tennessee in 1996. She has also held the positions of executive vice president/director service excellence for Wachovia Corp. and executive vice president/managing director for Wachovia Wealth Management.
Ms. McCague has been instrumental in the university's philanthropy and fundraising efforts, most notably serving as co-chair of Florida Tomorrow, UF's seven-year, comprehensive campaign that raised $1.7 billion. Florida Tomorrow ranks as the sixth largest public university campaign in history and raised $201 million more than the campaign's original goal. The campaign included a record number of gifts made (865,000), alumni donations (approximately $590 million) and student gifts (about 25,000).
BSBA '72, MBA '73, PHD '81
Linda C. McGurn
BSBA '73, JD '78
Ken and Linda own McGurn Investment Company and have been instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown Gainesville. They have received over 60 local, state and national awards for their projects, including a HUD National Certificate of Merit. Their projects include dozens of new and renovated buildings including the Opera House which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Sun Center which houses the Downtown Tech Center. There, Ken and Linda provide office space, mentoring and financing for startup companies which have help create dozens of high tech jobs and a thriving tech community in downtown Gainesville.
James W. "Bill" Heavener BSBA '70
Mr. Heavener is the CEO of The Heavener Company where he holds and manages interests in education, media production, internet services, real estate franchising, publishing, banks and information technology.
Mr. Heavener is Co-Chairman and CEO of Full Sail University, Co-Chairman of LA Film School, LA Recording School, and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He is Managing Partner of Platinum Creative Media Production, as well as a Director of Alliance Multimedia Investors, Inc. His real estate interests include serving as Managing Director of ERA Europe, a group of 1,300 European residential real estate offices located in 19 European Union countries, Co-Chairman of ProMarketWeb, Ltd. and Co-Chairman and CEO of Silver City Partners of Florida. He is the Co-CEO and Director of Pioneer Technology Group, LLC, a software development company specializing in solutions for government institutions. He is also a Director for Florida Capital Bank.
Mr. Heavener is a major donor to the University of Florida and a member of the UF Foundation Board of Directors. He is also involved in Take Stock in Children, the Davey O'Brien Foundation, Global Pastors Network, Bright Media Foundation and International Justice Mission.
Mr. Heavener holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM. He is also a member of Warrington's Business Advisory Council.
Robert Adams BSBA '61
Mr. Adams is the President and Co-Founder of Highland Homes, which Builder Magazine has routinely ranked in its Builder 100 issues listing the nation's largest construction companies.
Mr. Adams graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1961. After a distinguished career serving in the U.S. Army where he was discharged with the rank of Captain in 1968, Adams began his ascent in business in Jacksonville with the investments department of Barnett Bank of Florida. He then went on to Florida Tile Industries, Inc., in Lakeland and was promoted to Vice President two years later at the age of 27.
Mr. Adams' first foray into building was manufacturing mobile homes, but then converted into conventional home building. Mr. Adams co-founded Sun State Homes which he helped transform into one of the state's largest privately-held home building companies. After helping lead Sun State Homes for almost a quarter of a century, Mr. Adams and his son, Joel, began Highland Homes.
Stephen H. Grimes BSBA '50 LLB '54
Mr. Grimes served as a Justice on the Florida Supreme Court for almost a decade.
Mr. Grimes graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1950. At UF, he was president of his social fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, served as editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review and was a member of Florida Blue Key, Phi Delta Phi legal honor society, and the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation, Mr. Grimes served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1953.
After completing his military service, Mr. Grimes graduated with a Juris Doctor from UF in 1954 and joined Holland & Knight as head of the firm's litigation department. He has served as President of the 10th Judicial Circuit Bar Association in 1966 and became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1971.
In 1973, Mr. Grimes was appointed to his first judicial position on the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, where he served until 1987 and as Chief Judge from 1978 to 1980. Governor Bob Martinez appointed Mr. Grimes to the Florida Supreme Court in 1987, and he served as Chief Justice from 1994 to 1996. After his retirement from the Court, Grimes returned to Holland & Knight as partner and the firm's senior statesman where he continues to mentor young lawyers.
Kenneth Hood "Buddy" MacKay BSBA '54 JD '61
Mr. MacKay devoted 30 years to public service to the State of Florida improving the quality of life for Floridians, preserving and protecting the environment, and ensuring the fiscal responsibility of government.
Mr. MacKay earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1954 and a Juris Doctor in 1961 from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate student, Mr. MacKay was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. MacKay served in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of captain.
In 1968, Mr. MacKay was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He was subsequently elected to the Florida Senate in 1975, and later to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1983 to 1989. In 1990, Mr. MacKay was elected Lieutenant Governor on the ticket headed by Governor Lawton Chiles, and they served two terms. Mr. MacKay became the state's 42nd Governor after the untimely death of Governor Chiles 23 days before the end of his term.
Following Mr. MacKay's retirement from public office, he was appointed special envoy to the Americas by President Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2001. As a certified mediator, he established a project in the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida to use mediation to resolve child-protection dependency cases.
Robert Anderson BSBA '64
Robert Anderson is the Owner and President of Robert Anderson Consulting, an Atlanta-based provider of investment counseling, and is also the President of Ronus Inc., a private company primarily involved in the ownership and management of commercial real estate in the United States.
Mr. Anderson began his business career in 1964 at Arthur Andersen & Co. He was admitted to the partnership in 1974 and was Partner-In-Charge of the foreign investment and U.S. real estate practice. He left Arthur Andersen in 1981 to serve as Chief Financial Officer for Lehndorff, a German syndicator of U.S. real estate. In 1983, Mr. Anderson joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers as Partner-In-Charge of the Real Estate Industry Services Group, and remained at PwC until his retirement in 1997.
Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1964. He serves on the Board of Harold's, Inc., Goddard Investment Group and The Jeffrey Smith Companies. He is a past Board member of Post Properties, Inc. and one of the founders of the International Business Fellows.
Mr. Anderson has provided support to the Robert L. Anderson and Glenn Anderson Visiting Lectureship, which provides UF with a leading international scholar of geography to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to make several presentations and interact with students and faculty during a weeklong stay.
Benjamin F. Overton BSBA '51, JD '67
Ben F. Overton served as a Justice for the Florida Supreme Court for almost 25 years, including Chief Justice from 1976-1978.
Before his selection as a Justice, he served for almost 10 years as a circuit judge in both the civil and criminal divisions of Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit, and was the chief judge of that circuit for almost four years. In 1973, he was Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.
Mr. Overton has also served as Chair of the Florida Appellate Structure Commission and Florida Constitution Revision Commission Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court Matrimonial Law Commission, Florida Family Courts Commission, Supreme Court Article V Review Commission and Judicial Council of Florida.
Mr. Overton was awarded the Tradition of Excellence Award by the General Practice Section of The Florida Bar. He received the Florida Bar Medal of Honor Award in 1984 for improvements in the administration of justice in Florida, and the Guardian of the Constitution Award in 1992 for programs that were developed while he was Chair of the United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission of Florida.
Mr. Overton received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1951 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1952 from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Marilyn, had three children: William H. Overton, Robert M. Overton, and Catherine Overton Mead.
Robert M. Beall II BSBA '56
Mr. Beall has served Beall's Inc., in numerous roles most notably Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Beall's employs approximately 11,500 people and has annual sales exceeding $1.2 billion.
Mr. Beall earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1965, and an MBA from New York University in 1969. He joined Beall's in 1970, which was then led by his father, E.R. Beall. Robert Beall held progressively responsible management positions with the company before begin appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board in 1994.
Mr. Beall serves on the board of the FPL Group where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is Lead Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida and serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank. He is also involved in state issues, serving on the board of the Florida Chamber Political Action Coalition. Mr. Beall has also served on the Board of Directors of The Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Council on Economic Education.
Mr. Beall has served on the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation, and has been inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. He was a founding member of the Retail Executive Advisory Board of the University of Florida, serving since 1987.
Laurie Burns BSBA '84, MBA '86
Ms. Burns is the President of Bahama Breeze, a Darden Restaurants, Inc. concept. She joined Darden in 1999 as Vice President of Development for Red Lobster and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Development for Darden in 2000. Ms. Burns was promoted to President of Bahama Breeze in March 2003.
Ms. Burns has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. Prior to Darden she was Vice President of Development for the Eastern United States for Homestead Village, an extended stay hotel company. Prior to that, Ms. Burns was Director of Real Estate for Apple South and spent eight years in various development positions at Taco Bell.
Ms. Burns is a major donor to the College supporting the MBA program and the construction of Hough Hall. She is a member of the University of Florida Foundation, Warrington's Business Advisory Council, past member of the Gator Boosters Board of Directors and a member of the UF Athletic Hall of Fame.
She received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Florida. Ms. Burns was a member of UF's golf team from 1981 to 1984 and earned All-American, All-Southeastern Conference, All-State and SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
Connie Mack BSBA '66
Mr. Mack served the state of Florida as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1989) and the U.S. Senate (1989-2001).
Mr. Mack earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1966, then spent 16 years in the financial sector before entering politics. While in office, Mr. Mack served as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (104th Congress) and Chairman of the Republican Conference from 1997-2001 in addition to other duties. In 1994, he became the first Florida Republican in state history to be re-elected to the Senate.
Mr. Mack has served as Chairman of the Board of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa. He is a Partner and Senior Policy Advisory of Liberty Partners of Florida, LLC, which specializes in the development of successful advocacy strategies at the state level of government, and a Senior Policy Advisory at the international law firm King & Spalding, LLP. Mr. Mack is also on the Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Thomas Johnson BSBA '72
Mr. Johnson served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Imaging Systems since he founded the company in 1994. Since that time, Global has acquired 110 office imaging businesses and has reached $1.3 billion in annual revenue. Global became a public company in 1998 and was sold to Xerox in 2007 for $1.85 billion.
From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Johnson was an office imaging industry consultant and, from 1989 to 1990, served as COO for Danka Industries, Inc.
From 1975 to 1989, he worked at IKON (formerly known as Alco Standard Corporation) in various staff and operating roles. When he left IKON in 1989, he was Vice President-Operations of the Office Products group.
Mr. Johnson has been involved in the acquisition of more than 200 office equipment dealers since 1985, and has more than 20 years experience in acquiring and integrating businesses. He is widely recognized throughout the industry for the benchmarking model that continues to be perfected under his leadership.
Mr. Johnson is a major donor to the University of Florida and has established an endowment to support the College's Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1972, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976.
Carol Bosshardt MBA '05
Ms. Bosshardt is Owner of Bosshardt Realty Services, Inc. She began the company in 1976 with only five associates. Since then, the company has grown to a staff of approximately 200 with eight branch offices across the state and is now the leading full service real estate company in north central Florida.
Ms. Bosshardt's civic involvement has impacted hundreds of people. She co-founded the Gainesville Harvest organization, which helps to feed the hungry in Alachua County. She has supported numerous fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity, including a $40,000 cash donation to build a Habitat for Humanity home. She has also served as Chair of Enterprise North Florida—a collaboration between the University of Florida and the state—which works to encourage entrepreneurs and start businesses in North Florida. Ms. Bosshardt is also involved in Catholic Charities specializing in adoptions.
Ms. Bosshardt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the University of Florida in 2005.
David Hughes BSBA '65
Mr. Hughes is the retired Chairman of the Board of Hughes Supply, Inc., and currently is a member of the Board of Directors at Darden Restaurants, Inc.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1965 and a Juris Doctor in 1967 from the University of Florida, Mr. Hughes went to work full-time at Hughes Supply, Inc. He would serve as the company's President in 1972, Chief Executive Officer in 1974 and Chairman of the Board in 1986. At its height, Hughes Supply was the second-largest company headquartered in Orlando with 8,000 employees and sales topping $3 billion.
Mr. Hughes has been a member of the Florida Bar Association, Florida Council of 100, and Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida. He has also served on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Banks, Inc., and a number of organizations, including Florida Tax Watch; UF Gator Boosters; Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital; and Trinity Preparatory School. Mr. Hughes has served as Vice Chairman of the Capital Campaign benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, past Chairman of the Orlando Regional Healthcare System; Founder/Director of Central Florida Research Park; and Founder of Florida Citrus Open Golf Tournament (now the Bay Hill Classic).
Mr. Hughes and his wife, Linda, have three children: Kristy, Patrick, and Shelby.
Wayne Brunetti BSBA '64
A proud alumnus of the University of Florida, Mr. Brunetti, has spent more than four decades in the energy and utility industry.
Mr. Brunetti, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from UF in 1964, has led some of the world's top energy companies, most notably as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Energy, Inc. He held the positions of Chairman, President and CEO at Xcel Energy's various predecessor companies, including New Century Energies, Public Service Company of Colorado, Southwestern Public Service Company and NRG Energy. Most recently, Mr. Brunetti was elected to the Board of Directors at OGE Energy (Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company).
He has also served as Chairman on the Edison Electric Institute and Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and was appointed to the National Petroleum Council, an advisory body to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Fred Fisher BSBA '59
Mr. Fisher retired in 1983 but maintains an active interest as a volunteer with several community and statewide charitable organizations. He is a director of Builders Insurance Group of Atlanta. He was CEO and Chairman of U.S. Capital Corporation (1982-1983); CFO, Vice Chairman and a founder of U.S. Home Corporation, that became the largest homebuilder in the United States during his tenure (1969-1981); and was a partner with the CPA firm of Fisher, Morrison & Company (1959-1969).
Mr. Fisher is a member of Gator Boosters, the Bull Gator Club and a life member of UF's Alumni Association. He was Chairman of UF's first Capital Campaign that raised $396 million (1986-1990). In 1986 UF's Fisher School of Accounting was named for him. UF has honored him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (1990) and a Distinguished Alumnus award (2004). Mr. Fisher is a major donor to the College having established the Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar Chair.
After completing his military service, Mr. Fisher graduated with honors from UF in January, 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting).
Miles C. Wilkin BSBA '70
Mr. Wilkin is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Key Brand Entertainment, a producer and distributor of live theater in North America and e-commerce company focused on theater. Mr. Wilkin is also the Chief Executive Officer of Broadway Across America which presents touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events in 43 cities in North America.
Mr. Wilkin served as the CEO and Founder of Pace Theatrical Group, Inc. where from 1982 to 1992 he created the network that has become Broadway Across America, known today as the single most significant component of North American touring theatre. He served as the President and CEO of Pace Entertainment Company (parent company) from 1992-1996. Pace Theatrical Group was acquired and became SFX Theatrical Group, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1996-2000. Clear Channel Entertainment acquired the company in 2000 and Wilkin became CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment Europe from 2000-2003. He returned to New York to serve as Executive Vice President and COO of Clear Channel Entertainment.
Mr. Wilkin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of American Theatres and Producers/The Broadway League, and has won six Tony Awards as a producer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1970.
J. Hyatt Brown BSBA '59
Mr. Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc., since 1993, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994.
Mr. Brown was President of Brown & Brown, Inc. from 1993-2002, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown & Brown's preceding corporation from 1961 to 1993. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and Speaker of the House from 1978 to 1980.
Mr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Banks, Inc., International Speedway Corporation, FPL Group, Inc., BellSouth Corporation, and Rock-Tenn Company, each a publicly-held company. He also serves as Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and a member of the Board of Insurance Services Office, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Stetson University, of which he is a past Chairman, and the Florida Council of 100. Mr. Brown is a past Vice Chairman of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and a past Trustee of the Florida Chamber Foundation.
Mr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1959. He was named a Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, and is a member of the university's Hall of Fame.
Jerry Chicone BSBA '56
Mr. Chicone, known as "Mr. Florida Citrus," served as President of Chicone Groves in Orlando.
Mr. Chicone graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1956. While at UF, he was a member of Florida Blue Key and President of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Mr. Chicone joined the family business shortly thereafter. He went on to sit on the Florida Citrus Commission and work closely with the Florida Department of Citrus. He was a key figure in many of the Florida Department of Citrus' initiatives including the Rio Pinar Citrus Invitational Golf Tournament and the Sell Florida First Program, for which he received the Sunshine Tree Award from the Florida Citrus Commission.
Mr. Chicone served the Orlando community and UF in a variety of ways. He resided on the boards of the UF Foundation and Orlando Jaycees. He was Chairman of the Downtown Development Board and President of both the Orlando Utility Commission and the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Orlando Business Hall of Fame, the Sigma Chi National Hall of Fame, the Orlando Jaycee's Colonel's Club and is the recipient of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate.
William R. “Bill” Hough MBA '48
William R. “Bill” Hough graduated as a member of the University of Florida's first MBA class in 1948, and has been a strong supporter of UF and the Warrington College of Business ever since.
Mr. Hough ascended to the top of the business world as founder of William R. Hough & Co., an investment bank based in St. Petersburg he guided for 38 years. William R. Hough & Co. was the No. 1 bond management enterprise in Florida and was underwriting a significant portion of the state's issues just four years after he established the business in 1962. The company played a major role in developing the state's infrastructure including roads and water and sewer projects.
Mr. Hough and his wife, Hazel, have given a substantial amount of time and resources to various philanthropies in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, including Canterbury School of Florida, the Palladium Theatre at St. Petersburg College, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Salvador Dalí Museum, Bayfront Medical Center, All Children's Hospital, Eckerd College and Family Service Centers, Inc. among others.
John Dasburg BSIE '66, MBA '70, JD '73
Mr. Dasburg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Co-owner of ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc.
Mr. Dasburg earned an MBA from the University of Florida in 1970 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (1966) and a Juris Doctorate (1973).
Mr. Dasburg, who served in the U.S. Navy for three years including one year in Vietnam, directed some of the nation's largest and preeminent corporations beginning with Marriott Corporation where he held the positions of President of The Lodging Group and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dasburg went on to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Airlines where he guided the company from potential bankruptcy to one of its most profitable eras. He was named Travel Agent magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1994 for his efforts in the airline industry. Mr. Dasburg has held the positions of Chairman, CEO and President of Burger King Corporation and was a former partner at KPMG.
Mr. Dasburg is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and honorary member of Florida Blue Key. He is a recipient of the 2001 Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans and a recipient of the Commercial Air Transport Laureate Award in 2001. He was appointed by President George Bush to the White House Fellows Committee in 1991 and by Florida Governor Jeb Bush as a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida university system in 2003.
Charles Edwards BSBA '65, JD '68
Mr. Edwards is a lawyer and real estate broker in Fort Myers. He was appointed to the University of Florida Board of Trustees in June 2011.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1965) and a Juris Doctorate (1968) from the University of Florida. He is trustee emeritus of the University of Florida Law Center Foundation, a former director of the University Athletic Association, Inc., a life member of the University of Florida Alumni Association, a member of Gator Boosters, Inc., and past President of Florida Blue Key.
As a member of the Board of Regents, he served as Vice-Chair in 1988 and as Chair from 1989 to 1991. He has also been a member of the Florida Board of Governors. He is a founding member and past President of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation.
Mr. Edwards is a former director of the Florida Council of 100, served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Bar Young Lawyer Board of Governors. He has served on the Board of Lee Health Care Resources and Cypress Cove at Health Park.
Irving Cypen '40, JD '43
A University of Florida alumnus and senior member of the firm of Cypen & Cypen, Irving Cypen devoted his life to serving the legal field and his community. Cypen was born in Chicago and moved to St. Petersburg in 1925.He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UF in 1940 and a Juris Doctor from UF's College of Law in 1943. All of his degrees were awarded magna cum laude. Upon completing law school, Mr. Cypen was appointed law clerk to Judge Curtis L. Waller of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. During World, War II, Mr. Cypen was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he served as an Armed Guard Commander. He then moved with his family to Miami Beach, where he began practicing law.
He served Miami Beach as assistant city attorney and later as municipal judge. He managed successful Miami Beach gubernatorial campaigns of Dan McCarty and LeRoy Collins. He was appointed by Governor Collins as a circuit judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit. He then ran unopposed in 1960, when he was elected for a six-year term. He left the circuit court bench in 1963 to resume the general practice of law in Miami with three of his sons.
Mr. Cypen served as Chairman of the Board of the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged where he has been named honorary president. He also was Founder, Trustee and former Vice President of the Mount Sinai Medical Center and a board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He served as President of the Miami Beach Civic League. He served on the Board of the University of Florida Foundation as well as Boards of the United Way and the Miami Beach Bar Association.
J. Richard Graves BSBA '60
Mr. Graves was the Chief Executive Officer of Graves Brothers Company—the oldest continuous family-run business in Indian River County—which grows and ships citrus.
Mr. Graves received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Florida in 1960. While at UF, he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Accounting Honorary Society. Upon graduation, he became a partner in the firm Allen & Graves where he worked as CPA in Vero Beach.
Mr. Graves joined Graves Brothers and Company in 1969 and held numerous positions including President (1985-1993) and CEO (1993-1998). Graves Brothers Company's acreage increased from 2,200 to more than 9,500 under Mr. Graves' leadership.
Mr. Graves' knowledge of the citrus industry landed him instrumental roles in the Florida Citrus Commission, Indian River Citrus League, and Florida Land Council. An active member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, Mr. Graves was elected Director Emeritus in 2005. He was also inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.
The Graves family has been fervent supporters of UF and established the Mr. and Mrs. J.R. (Rip) Graves Eminent Scholar Chair in Biotechnology Fund at the UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Charles Stuzin BSBA '64
Mr. Stuzin is President of S.F. Partners, Inc. He was formerly President and CEO of Citizens Federal Bank, of Miami. In addition, Mr. Stuzin previously served as Chairman of Loan America Financial Corporation, a national mortgage banking firm.
The Stuzin Family has established a major endowment to support and name the College's David Stuzin Hall in honor of the late Miami accountant, banker and civic leader.
In addition to their philanthropy at the University of Florida, Mr. Stuzin and his wife, Rosalyn, are actively engaged in many community and religious charities in the South Florida area.
Mr. Stuzin graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) in 1964. He has been a member of the Warrington College of Business's Business Advisory Council since 2001.
J. Roy Duggan BSBA '38
Mr. Duggan was one of the Southeast's elite business pioneers and a generous and loyal supporter of the University of Florida.
Mr. Duggan received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida in 1938. He began his career in the seafood industry at Sea-Pak Corporation in 1950. From there, he acquired a major interest in King & Prince Seafood Corporation and increased the company's annual sales from $1 million to $50 million.
Mr. Duggan served as President of the National Fisheries Institute and received its Man of the Year Award in 1960. He also served on numerous government advisory committees including the State Department's Fishing Industry Advisory Committee, the Department of the Interior's American Fisheries Advisory Committee and the Public Advisory Committee for GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades) Trade Negotiations by Presidential appointment.
Mr. Duggan has provided the Warrington College of Business numerous gifts, most notably the J. Roy Duggan Professorship Fund, which will provide resources for growth and development in the Fisher School of Accounting.
John B. Higdon BSBA '59
Mr. Higdon, a successful businessman and loyal alumnus of The University of Florida, has provided years of service and generosity to his university.
He graduated from UF in 1959 and served two years as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He then went on to work in his family's business, the Higdon Grocery Corporation, where he later became President. He then founded the Higdon Investment Company. Mr. Higdon has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the University of Florida Foundation and Quincy State Bank.
Mr. Higdon has served a member of the Warrington College of Business Advisory Board, and established the John B. Higdon Eminent Scholar Chair in Business Administration. He has also served as a dedicated Gator Booster.
Mac McGriff BSBA '69
A graduate of the University of Florida and founder of the W.A. McGriff III Endowment Professorship Fund, "Mac" McGriff is recognized for his business leadership, community service and longtime service to his alma mater. The McGriff family has a long history of association with the university. McGriff's father, son, two uncles and four cousins attended UF. McGriff graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1969 before embarking on a successful career in financial services in Jacksonville.
Positions he Mr. McGriff held included Executive Vice President of Charter Investment and Development Company, Executive Vice President and member of the board of directors of Florida National Bank in Jacksonville, President of Alliance Mortgage Company, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Associated Industries of Florida. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of First Union National Bank of Florida. Not only is he one of Florida's business leaders, but Mr. McGriff has provided continued commitment and leadership to his community and UF. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of University Medical Center in Jacksonville, member of the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Wolfson Children's Hospital, and he is a former President and board member of Leadership Jacksonville.
A longtime UF supporter, Mr. McGriff has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Foundation and chairman of the Foundation's Finance Committee. He is a member of the President's Council, Chairman of the College of Business Advisory Committee for the Embrace Excellence Capital Campaign, and member of the Leadership Gifts Committee. Mr. McGriff and his wife, Libby, live in Jacksonville and have three children.
Gary Gerson BSBA '54, MBA '55
Mr. Gerson has been a generous and loyal supporter of the University of Florida.
Mr. Gerson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) in 1954 and an MBA in 1955 from the University of Florida. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Gerson set up the first organized tutoring and counseling program for athletes. Upon his graduation, Mr. Gerson supervised 40 tutors and no athlete lost eligibility to academics during his tenure. In 2002, Mr. Gerson was inducted into the University Athletic Hall of Fame.
After receiving his graduate degree from UF, Mr. Gerson was able to sit for the CPA exam. He passed the exam and was licensed while still only 21 years old becoming the youngest CPA in the country at that time.
Mr. Gerson, who spent four years serving in the U.S. Navy, entered public accounting with his own practice—Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company—in Miami Beach with an emphasis on litigation support engagements, international taxation among other areas.
Mr. Gerson has donated a variety of scholarships to the University of Florida, including the Warrington College of Business and the Fisher School of Accounting. In 2003, Gary R. Gerson Hall, which is home to the Fisher School of Accounting, was dedicated in Mr. Gerson's honor.
Allen Lastinger BSBA '65, MBA '71
Mr. Lastinger was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Barnett Banks, Inc., (now Bank of America).
He served Barnett in a number of roles including Financial and Market Analyst, Assistant Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnett Bank of Gainesville, Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman/Director and President and COO.
Mr. Lastinger has served the University of Florida and the Warrington College of Business in numerous capacities. He has served on Warrington's Business Advisory Council and Warrington's Major Gifts Committee. Mr. Lastinger is a past president of the UF Foundation Board, former director of Gator Boosters and serves on the advisory board of the Lastinger Center for Learning at UF's College of Education. Allen and Delores Lastinger provided a generous gift to fund the Center in 1998.
Mr. Lastinger earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UF in 1965 and an MBA from UF in 1971. He also graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1981 and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1982.
William A. Emerson BSBA '46
Mr. Emerson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1946.
Mr. Emerson attended St. Petersburg Junior College where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Economics. He transferred to UF and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He attained the rank of captain by the end of the World War II and returned to UF.
After graduation, Mr. Emerson worked for Merrill Lynch as an account executive in its St. Petersburg office and was promoted to manager of that office in 1959. He later worked at Merrill Lynch's New York headquarters directing the General Services Division. He also held the positions of Southeast Regional Director, National Sales Director and Senior Vice President.
Mr. Emerson was Vice President of the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation, Chairman of both the Finance Committee of the UF Foundation and Leadership Gift Committee of the Capital Campaign and member of the Foundation's Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee. He and his wife have provided generous personal support to the university, including funding for the landscaped courtyard of the College and Emerson Alumni Hall.
Among Mr. Emerson's many positions of community leadership were: Chairman of the Pinellas County Committee of 100, Chairman of the Pinellas Industry Council, Trustee of St. Anthony's Healthcare Center in St. Petersburg, honorary member of Florida Blue Key and Beta Gamma Sigma business fraternity and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Hamilton Upchurch BSBA '49, JD '51
Mr. Upchurch received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1949 and his Juris Doctor in 1951. Mr. Upchurch, who was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was a member of Phi Delta Theta and Delta Theta Phi law fraternity.
Mr. Upchurch served as Assistant State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Court from 1957 to 1962. In 1967, he was elected to the city commission in St. Augustine, served as the city's mayor for two years then was re-elected to the Commission for the 1971-73 term.
Mr. Upchurch was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1978. As Chairman of the House's Judiciary Committee beginning in 1980, Mr. Upchurch was responsible for the ongoing review of the needs of the state's judicial system. In 1980, he received the Allen B. Morris Award as the House's "Most Effective First-Term Member." That same year, he was honored with the "Friend of Education Award" from the Florida Teaching Profession-National Education Association.
Mr. Upchurch was a past President of the St. John's County Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a past President of the St. Johns County Bar Association. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar Association, which presented him with its President's Award of Merit for legislative service in 1987.
J. Michael Cook BSBA '64
Mr. Cook is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nation's leading professional services firms.
Mr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting from the University of Florida in 1964. He joined Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in 1964 as a staff accountant and was promoted to manager in 1970 and partner in 1974. He was named Managing Partner of the Florida practice in 1981, and, National Managing Partner in 1983. In 1986, he became Chairman and CEO, and directed the merger in 1989 that resulted in the formation of Deloitte & Touche. He served as Chairman and CEO of that company until his retirement in 1999.
Mr. Cook has served as Chairman for many groups, including the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, GAO Accountability Advisory Pane and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants He was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1999. He received the AICPA Public Oversight Board's McCloy Award in 2001.
Mr. Cook established the J. Michael Cook/Deloitte Professorship Fund at the Warrington College of Business. The Fisher School of Accounting's J. Michael Cook Excellence in Teaching Award is named in his honor.
David F. Miller, Sr. BSBA '51
Mr. Miller was president of J.C. Penney Stores and Catalog. A native of Jacksonville, Mr. Miller received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1951.
While at the university, Mr. Miller was a cadet major in the Army ROTC program, a student advisor and counselor to the freshman class and a student assistant to the faculty at the College.
After graduation, Mr. Miller served two years as an officer with the U.S. Air Force before he joined J.C. Penney Company as a salesman in its Jacksonville store in 1953. He advanced to Department Manager in 1954, then to Division Manager in 1957 and to Merchandise Manager in 1962. He moved to the company's Dallas regional office in 1964 as a Merchandise Managerthen was promoted to the merchandise department in the company's New York Central Office two years later. He eventually became the Director of Regional Coordination before he was elected Vice President in 1974. In 1979, he became President of the company. J.C. Penney Stores, the nation's third-largest retailer, grossed $12 billion in his first year as President.
In the spring of 1984, the J.C. Penney stores and offices in Florida bestowed a $600,000 gift to be matched with $400,000 from the state to establish the J.C. Penney Chair in Retail Management at the College. In addition to assisting with financial support, Mr. Miller served on the College's Advisory Council.
J. Wayne Mixson BSBA '47
Mr. Mixson served as the 39th Governor of the State of Florida, and was integral in sponsoring legislation that helped Florida farmers. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Mixson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1947, and was a member of Florida Blue Key.
His political career began in 1967 when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served six consecutive terms. Mr. Mixson, a full-time farmer, was Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for eight years and Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee. He also sponsored the bill that helped establish the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
In 1978, Mr. Mixson was elected Lieutenant Governor along with Governor Bob Graham. The pair were re-elected in 1982. Mr. Mixson was sworn in as Governor when Graham left office to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Mixson served on the board of directors for numerous organizations including Bankers Insurance Company and the First Community Bank in St. Petersburg, First Community Insurance Company of Rochester, N. Y., the Florida Economic Club, Florida Tax Watch, UF Foundation, and the North Florida Community Foundation.
Fred Cantrell BSBA '40
Mr. Cantrell was a 1940 graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Mr. Cantrell was affiliated with the University of Florida since his 1968 appointment as Executive Director of the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. From 1973 to 1981, he served as Secretary of the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. and Director of University Relations. In this capacity he was employed in the office of the President of the University.
An outstanding member of the Gainesville community, Mr. Cantrell served as past president and campaign chairman of the United Fund; Vice President of the Alachua County American Cancer Society; Board of Directors of the University City Kiwanis Club; Chairman for two terms of the Committee of 100 and has also been involved with numerous other civic and business organizations.
Mr. Cantrell was an officer in the U.S. Army for 23 years. During World War II he earned many distinguished decorations including the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit. He retired from the Army with the rank of colonel in 1963.
Joseph Cresse BSBA '50
Mr. Cresse, Commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission, was a 1950 graduate of the University of Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.
After graduation, Mr. Cresse joined the U.S. Army as a data processing operator and supervisor in the Adjutant General Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
His career was highlighted by his effective work with governors of the State of Florida in the development of budget recommendations for the Legislature. From December 1975 to December 1977, he served as State Budget Director for the State of Florida.
Mr. Cresse aided in the passage and implementation of the Career Service System and the 1969 Government Reorganization Act. He assisted in the development of an education funding program which provided nearly equal educational funding for each child in the state.
Mr. Cresse was awarded numerous honors, including Administrator of the Year by the North Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration; membership in Beta Alpha Psi (honorary), and recipient of the Resolutions of Commendations of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.
Charles W. Cox BSBA '34
Mr. Cox distinguished himself and the University of Florida within his chosen profession and by his service to his fellow man.
Mr. Cox began his 38-year career with Sears, Roebuck and Company soon after he graduated from the University of Florida in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to his retirement from Sears in 1972, he was the Group Manager of stores and operations for Western New York, Syracuse and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cox served as a Director on the Boards of the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Liberty National Bank and Trust Company, New York State Economics Advisory Council and the United Bank Corporation of New York. His involvement in the Buffalo community earned him membership on the Canisius College Board of Trustees, Rosary Hill College Advisory Board and Sisters Hospital Advisory Board.
Buffalo "Man of the Year" and "Outstanding Citizen, Buffalo" for the year 1970 are a few of the awards Mr. Cox has received recognizing his community leadership. Mr. Cox has also been Senior Co-chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Marshall Criser BSBA '49, JD '51
Mr. Criser was Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents and had a distinguished career in law and community service spanning more than 20 years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1949 and an L.L.B. from the UF College of Law in 1951.
Upon receiving his law degree, Mr. Criser entered the U.S. Army and served from July 1951 to February 1953. He returned to Palm Beach in 1953 to practice law, and in 1955 he became a partner in the Palm Beach law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, Criser, Stewart and Hersey, a position he held for more than 19 years.
Mr. Criser was Vice President and Resident Counsel for the First National Bank in Palm Beach and was Director and General Counsel for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association and Columbia Life Insurance Company of Florida. He was also Director of the Columbia National Corporation.
Mr. Criser was first appointed to the Board of Regents in 1965 by Governor Farris Bryant. He was again appointed to the Board by Governor Reubin Askew in 1971 and served as Vice Chairman. He served a nine-year term as Chairman of the Board of Regents and was President of the Florida Bar from 1968 to 1969. He was a member of the Florida Council of 100, Florida Blue Key, Phi Delta Phi honorary fraternity and Sigma Nu social fraternity.
Al Warrington BSBA '58
Mr. Warrington has blazed a trail of entrepreneurship and business success across the South. He was founding Chairman and co-CEO of Sanifill, Inc., an environmental company in Houston that develops and operates nonhazardous solid waste landfills and land farms. He was also co-founder of the Atlanta-based House of Cheatham, Inc. (manufacturers of health and beauty aids). More recently, he has been a co-founder to two additional companies, Houston Plating & Coatings, LLC, an oilfield service company and Gulf Coast Mechanical Company, a company that chemically coats air conditioning and generator coils.
Prior to his entrepreneurial activity, Mr. Warrington was a partner with the CPA firm Arthur Andersen & Co. and served as a managing partner and in numerous other positions within that firm. He retired as a managing partner with the firm in 1989 after more than three decades of service.
He is a past national President of the University of Florida Alumni Association and Gator Boosters and was Chair of the Warrington College of Business It's Performance That Counts Campaign Committee.
Mr. Warrington, a member of the Dean's Advisory Council, was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Fisher School of Accounting in 1985 and was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, the university's Warrington College of Business was named after him.
Mr. Warrington earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration--Accounting from UF in 1958.
William C. Andrews BSBA '55, JD '58
The Honorable William C. Andrews has served the people and the state of Florida with great distinction. The recipient of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1955 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1958 from the University of Florida, Mr. Andrews is senior partner in the Andrews and Delaney law firm.
A former member of the Florida House of Representatives, Mr. Andrews has been chairman of various committees including the Committee on Elections, Committee on Business Regulation and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Educational Funding.
He has earned a statewide reputation for professional accomplishment. Twice nominated for the "Most Valuable Member of the House" Award, he was recognized as the Outstanding Elected Official in Alachua County (1974), as the Outstanding Legislator (1975), as the Legislator of the Year (1976) and the Allen Morris Award as the Most Effective in Committee (1977). He has rendered invaluable service to all Floridians.
Andy Bean BSBA '75
Mr. Bean enjoyed a successful career as a professional golfer spanning five decades.
Mr. Bean was an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour. He claimed the Doral Eastern Open three times in nine years and won the Isuzu Kapalua International in consecutive years (1986-87). From the years 1977 to 1986, Mr. Bean did not finish outside the top 35 on the money list. That span included five top-seven finishes.
Mr. Bean joined the Champions Tour in 2003 and his success has continued. He has won three times on the senior circuit to date and has 40 top-10 finishes. In 206 events, he has made the cut 199 times. He had his best professional season to date in 2008 when he won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and finished eighth on the money list.
Mr. Bean represented his country as well playing for the United States in the 1979 and 1987 Ryder Cup. He earned two wins in the 1979 Ryder Cup to help lead the Americans to victory.
Mr. Bean also had an outstanding amateur career, winning many times before turning professional in 1975. He won the 1974 Eastern and Falstaff Amateur, as well as the 1975 Dixie Amateur and Western Amateur.
Mr. Bean earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1975.
Russell Godwin BSBA '50
Mr. Godwin received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1950.
A fullback for UF's football team, Mr. Godwin was a past Vice President of Florida Feed Mills, Inc., and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1951, including 19 months in the South Pacific. Mr. Godwin was also a member of the Southeastern Conference Football Officials Association for six years.
His numerous awards include the Allied Trades Award presented by the Dairy Farmers Federation and the Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Fraternity Merit Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. As Chairman of the Commissioner of Agriculture Advisory Council, he was the President of the All Florida Shrine Association and President of the Florida Trucking Association and the Florida Feed Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association, Southeast Bank of Orange Park and the Gator Bowl Association.
Mr. Godwin was also a member of the UF Foundation, the UF President's Council and a past Chairman of the UF SHARE Council.
Alfred McKethan BSBA '31
Mr. McKethan was a native Floridian who distinguished himself in his profession and service to the state of Florida. Chairman and President of Hernando State Bank, Mr. McKethan was in banking for more than 50 years.
Since receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1931, he served as Chairman of the State Road Board and Southwest Florida Water Management District. In banking, Mr. McKethan led the formation of the Florida Bank Association pension and retirement trust. He also served as Chairman of the committee which rewrote the Florida Banking Code.
Mr. McKethan has also served as Chairman of the Brooksville Citrus Growers' Board of Directors and Secretary of Florida Mining and Materials Company. Mr. McKethan has maintained close ties with the College and was a member of the Presidents Council.
Andy North BSBA '72
Mr. North enjoyed a notable career as a professional golfer, and his success has continued as a broadcaster.
Mr. North, who turned professional in 1972, won the U.S. Open in 1978 and 1985, and is one of only 19 players to win the event more than once. Only nine players since 1960 have won the U.S. Open multiple times.
In all, he won three PGA events, had 50 top-10 finishes and 121 top-25 finishes. Mr. North also represented the United States in the 1985 Ryder Cup.
Mr. North joined the Champions Tour in 2000 with his best finish coming in 2008 when he won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Mr. North became an on-course golf reporter for ESPN in 1992, and serves both as an analyst and reporter in ESPN's championship golf coverage as well as an analyst for ESPN's preview shows and SportsCenter reports from major tournaments.
Mr. North received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1972. He was a three-time All-America selection as a golfer at UF.
James L. Redman BSBA '53, JD '58
Mr. Redman served the in the Florida House of Representatives representing the 61st District from 1966 to 1970 and the 62nd District from 1972 to 1978.
Mr. Redman was born in Plant City, Florida, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting from the University of Florida in 1953. He earned his law degree from UF in 1958.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Plant City, and was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Redman, who served in the U.S. Air Force, served as interim county commissioner in Hillsborough County. He was a partner in the law firm Trinkle, Redman, Swanson & Coton, Director and President of South Florida Baptist Hospital and President and Director of South Florida Baptist Foundation. Among his many awards were Plant City Family of the Year 1974, Plant City Citizen of the Year 1976 and St. Petersburg Times Award "Most Valuable Member of House of Representatives" in 1975. Mr. Redman was a life member of the Plant City Lions Club and received the Ellsworth Simmons Good Government Award in 1999.
He is also the namesake of the James L. Redman Parkway in Plant City.
Joe B. Cordell BSBA '49
Mr. Cordell had a long and productive career at Jim Walter Corporation where served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1958), Board of Directors (1966), Senior Vice President and Treasurer (1970) and President and Chief Operating Officer (1974).
Prior to joining Jim Walter Corporation, Mr. Cordell joined Price Waterhouse & Co. in New York City in 1949 as a Staff Accountant. He was transferred to the firm's Atlanta office and was Audit Manager at the time he left to join Jim Walter.
Mr. Cordell graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) in 1949 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1952. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and its Committee of 100 among other organizations.
Mr. Cordell was a major donor to the University of Florida and established the Joe B. Cordell Eminent Scholar Chair. He also served on the Business Advisory Council to the College and was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Foundation. He has served as a Director of Royal Trust Bank of Tampa and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the First National Bank in St. Petersburg, First State Bank of St. Petersburg and the Executive Committee of the Tampa Committee of 100 among others.
William R. Conway BSBA '36
Mr. Conway, a native of Ormond Beach, Fla., served in the Florida House of Representatives for 14 years representing the 29th District.
Mr. Conway earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1936. While at UF, he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and a student government representative.
Mr. Conway served in the U.S. Navy spending 30 months overseas on PT (Patrol Torpedo) boats. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and received the Bronze Star for bravery among other battle engagement recognitions.
Mr. Conway was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966 and was re-elected subsequently until his retirement in 1980. He served as Dean of the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1980.
Among his affiliations were President, Kiwanis; President, State LP Gas Association; Member, Mason, Shrine, State Board for Cystic Fibrosis; Chairman, Cancer Crusade; President, Construction Council of Florida. Mr. Conway received the Daytona Beach Jaycees Good Government Award in 1976, Building Trades Industry honorary lifetime membership for upgrading industry in 1974 and Community College Association Legislator of the Year in 1974. He is also an honorary member of Florida Blue Key and Sigma Lambda Chi.
William S. Frates BSBA '41, JD '67
Mr. Frates received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1941, a Bachelor of Arts in Laws in 1941 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1967 from the University of Florida.
A partner in the firm of Frates, Floyd, Pearson, Stewart, Richman and Greer, P.A. of Miami, Mr. Frates served as Chairman of the Committee on Trial Tactics and Procedure, the Committee on Legal Aid and the Judicial Administration Committee for the Florida Bar Association and is a former national president of the Law Science Foundation of America. He was awarded the gold medal by the Law Science Academy of America as the lawyer who contributed most during 1958 to medical legal science development.
Mr. Frates served his alma mater as a member of the President's Council and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Law Center Association. He served as Lecturer in the College of Law over a 10-year period.
He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Barristers and Chairman of the US District Court Grievance Committee and Federal Procedure Committee of the American Bar Association. Mr. Frates has authored and served as editor of numerous legal publications.
William M. Goza BSBA '40, JD '41
Mr. Goza received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1940 and Juris Doctor degree in 1941 from the University of Florida.
After graduation, Mr. Goza began practicing law in Clearwater, where he served as a city judge from 1945 until 1947. He served as senior partner of the firm Goza, Hall and Watts.
The American Association for State and Local History cited Mr. Goza for his "Lifetime devotion to the cause of Florida history, its preservation and interpretation." He held membership in numerous civic and community organizations including Director and General Counsel of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Clearwater and member of the Board of Directors, Vice President and President of the Florida Historical Society. The Peace River Valley Historical Society conferred its 1968 "Florida History Award" for his outstanding contributions to the cause of state and local history.
Mr. Goza's articles and book reviews have appeared in a number of professional and scholarly journals. He is chairman of the Florida Historical Society's publications committee. Mr. Goza served as consultant to the legislative committee which wrote the bill creating the historical district of Tallahassee, and he serves as a member of the Historical Tallahassee Preservation board.
Thomas C. MacDonald, Jr. BSBA '51, LLB '53
Mr. MacDonald received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1951 and Bachelor of Laws with high honors in 1953 from the University of Florida.
An attorney with Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings and Evans in Tampa, Mr. MacDonald served as President of his legal corporation. He was a past President of the UF Alumni Association, served as a member of the Board of Governors and as a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics of the Florida Bar. He was a delegate to the Fifth Judicial Conference and served on a number of committees of the Florida Bar. He was a member of the American Bar Association and served on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In 1970, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and in 1975, was elected Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. McDonald was a director the UF Athletic Association and author of several legal publications and was active in numerous civic, social and community service organizations in Hillsborough County.
Fletcher G. Rush '42, LLB '42
Mr. Rush received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Florida in 1942.
Mr. Rush was a senior partner with Rush, Marshall, Bergstrom and Robison of Orlando. He is a past President of the Florida Bar, served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and ended a two-year term as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legislation for the American Bar Association. He was a Fellow in the American Bar Association and in the American College of Probate Counsel.
A former member of the Florida Board of Regents, Mr. Rush also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation and a member of the Foundation's Executive Committee. He was a member of the Presidents Council and from 1973 to 1975 served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UF Law Center Association, Inc. Active in numerous civic and community service programs in Orange County, Mr. Rush was also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Stetson University and honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Florida Southern College.
Tommy Aaron BSBA '60
Mr. Aaron is a former professional golfer who won the 1973 Masters.
Mr. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1960 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he won the 1957 and 1958 Southeastern Conference individual titles and was runner-up in the 1958 U.S. Amateur.
Shortly after graduation, Mr. Aaron turned professional and joined the PGA Tour. He was one of the tour's most consistent performers placing in the top 60 on the money list from 1961 to 1973. His crowning achievement came in 1973 when he won the Masters by one stroke. Mr. Aaron, who represented the United States in the Ryder Cup in 1969 and 1973, was runner-up at the Masters in 1972.
Mr. Aaron joined the Senior PGA Tour—now the Champions Tour—in 1987 and claimed his only victory at the 1992 Kaanapali Classic in Hawaii. In 2000, he made the 36-hole cut at the Masters at the age of 63.
Frank Beard BSBA '61
Mr. Beard was a two-time All-America golfer at the University of Florida, and a success on the PGA Tour as well.
Mr. Beard received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting from UF in 1961. While at UF, he helped guide the Gators to three consecutive top-15 finishes at the NCAA championships from 1959 to 1961 highlighted by a fourth-place finish in 1960.
Mr. Beard made his debut on the PGA Tour in 1962. He was an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, including notching victories in the PGA Tournament of Champions in 1967 and 1970. His most successful season came in 1969 when he topped the tour money list.
Mr. Beard represented the United States in the 1969 and 1971 Ryder Cup. The Americans retained the Ryder Cup with a tie in 1969 and won the Ryder Cup outright in 1971.
Mr. Beard continued his success on the PGA Senior Tour—now the Champions Tour—with a victory in the 1990 Murata Reunion Pro-Am.
J. Abney Cox BSBA '36
Mr. Cox was one of Florida's most prominent and respected leaders in the important field of agriculture. A native of Miami, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1936.
Mr. Cox was President of H. L. Cox and Sons in Princeton, Florida. He also served as a Director for the Coconut Grove Bank, the Sunshine State Bank and for the Coral Gables Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was a past President of the Homestead Rotary Club, District Governor of the Rotary International and Chairman of the Central and South Florida Flood Control District.
Mr. Cox was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from both the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, of which he was a past President, and the National Potato Council, as well as awards recognizing his service and leadership from other state and national organizations. He was a member of the university's Century Club, SHARE Council and Presidents Council and served on the Board of Directors for the UF Foundation, Inc.
J. Emory Cross BSBA '45, JD '45
Mr. Cross distinguished himself in public service to the state and to Alachua County. Mr. Cross received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from UF. He served as student body president during the summer of 1945. Following his graduation that year, Mr. Cross first served as Assistant Attorney General for the state. Then, in 1948, he became Alachua County's Prosecuting Attorney. Four years later, he made a successful bid for the Florida House of Representatives, where he served until 1958. At that time, Mr. Cross was elected to the Florida Senate, and he remained Senator throughout the next decade.
During his legislative career, Mr. Cross authored the "government in the sunshine" bill. He also authored and was instrumental in the passage of other key legislation relating to mental health, education, finance and taxation. He was a member of the delegation that twice won the Allen Morris "Most Effective Delegation" award. In 1973, Mr. Cross ran successfully for the county judgeship in Alachua County and served as one of three county judges.
Active in civic and alumni affairs as well, Mr. Cross organized and was first president of the Alachua County Mental Health Association. He was an honor member of Florida Blue Key and held membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, the Methodist Church and the Order of Masons.
Raleigh W. Greene, Jr.BSBA '49, JD '51
Mr. Greene, a native of St. Petersburg, entered the University of Florida in 1948 following active duty with the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Within two years, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a year later received the LL.B. Degree from UF's College of Law.
Mr. Greene was a partner in the law firm Harrison, Greene, Mann, Davenport, Rowe & Stanton, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Federal Savings and Loan Association of St. Petersburg. He held memberships in numerous national and state professional organizations, including the Federal Savings and Loan Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Florida Savings and Loan League. In addition, he served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Council of 100, was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Housing and Community Development, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was a past chairman of the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony and recipient of numerous civic awards for service to his community and state. Mr. Greene served UF as a Director of the UF Foundation, Inc. and was a member of Century Club.
Woodrow V. Register BSBA '49
Mr. Register began his financial career at 19 when he became a bookkeeper-teller at a local bank in 1935. By the time he enlisted in the Naval Reserve during World War II, he was assistant cashier for the First National Bank of Dunedin.
Following the war, Mr. Register attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was tapped for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a national scholastic honorary fraternity.
In 1950, Mr. Register rejoined Dunedin Bank and until 1964, served as its President and Chairman of the Board. In the 1960s, he served as President of the First National Bank of St. Petersburg, organized and helped direct two new banks and served on the Board of Directors for the Jim Walter Corporation and the Bank of Palmetto. He also served as President of the Caladesi Corporation, a southwest Florida land development company.
In addition to his successful business career, Mr. Register, a member of the American Banks Association, lectured and published widely in the field and appeared before Congress as an expert witness in the areas of real estate financing and banking.
Among numerous activities, he was a board member and Treasurer of the Florida Council of 100, a member of the Executive Council of the UF Alumni Association and Director of the UF Foundation, Inc.
Doyle Rogers '50, LLB '52
Mr. Rogers is a Shareholder in the Palm Beach law firm Alley, Maas, Rogers & Lindsay. He has been a part of the firm since 1954.
Mr. Rogers received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1950 and a law degree from UF in 1952.
Mr. Rogers has served many roles in civic, social, community and philanthropic organizations. He is a past Chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association, Chair of the Town of Palm Beach Charter Review Commission from 1979 to 1999, Chair of the Town of Palm Beach Architectural Commission and Chairman of the University of Florida Law Center Association. Mr. Rogers was appointed as a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida in 2001 and still serves as a member. He serves as President of the Palm Beach Membership of Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County.
Among the awards Mr. Rogers has received are the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award, the Bethesda Vestry Silver Cross Award and the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
James Ade BSBA '54, JD '59
James L. Ade earned the Juris Doctor Degree as well as a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UF where as an outstanding student he was a member of Florida Blue Key and the Hall of Fame.
Mr. Ade was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1959 and since that time has practiced law in Jacksonville and is a partner in the firm of Milam, martin and Ade. He is a former president of the Jacksonville Bar Association and member of both the American Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, James Ade has made significant contributions to his city and state. Mr. Ade was a member of the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a former vice president. A member of the Jacksonville Area Committee of 100, he also serves on the Boards of Directors for Rotary Club, the Gator Bowl Association, and the Community Planning Council of the Jacksonville Area, Inc, the American Cancer Society of Florida and Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation, of which he is the current president.
UF has also been honored with Mr. Ade's leadership and vision. Since 1963, when he was president of the Jacksonville Alumni Club, he has served on the UF Alumni Association's Executive Council. As president of the Alumni Association in 1970 he initiated two important programs: the President's Council, a group of distinguished men and women who each support the university with a minimum of $10,000, and the Distinguished Visiting Professors program, whereby outstanding scholars and leaders are brought to campus to work with students. James Ade is a member of the Presidents Council and services on the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Ade and his wife, Mary Ann had three children: Leanne, Ted and Beth.
Sam T. Dell BSBA '35, JD '36
Mr. Dell earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1935 and the Juris Doctor Degree in 1936 from the University of Florida where he was a member of Florida Blue Key and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He then carved a distinguished career in the legal profession and gave generously of himself to his community, state and alma mater.
Mr. Dell practiced law in Gainesville continuously since 1936. He served 24 years as Gainesville City Attorney, five years as a member of the State Board of Law Examiners. He was the senior partner of the law firm of Dell, Graham, Wilcox, Barber, Rappenecker, Ryals and Henderson. Mr. Dell served on the Board of Directors for four leading financial institutions in the state.
Among Mr. Dell's many positions of leadership were: President, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Florida Development Commission; President, Florida League of Municipalities; Member, Governor's Committee on Higher Education; President, Museum Committee. Mr. Dell's service to UF was dedicated and timely. He was a member of the President's Council, a Fellow of the UF Law Center Association and a member of the Law Center Council. He served continuously since 1966 as a member of the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation and also served as its President.
William Paul Shelley, Jr. BSBA '37, JD '39
Mr. Shelley received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1937 and a Juris Doctor in 1930 from the University of Florida. While a student, Mr. Shelley was Vice President of Florida Blue Key, a member of the Student Body Executive Council and President of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was designated one of five distinguished ROTC military graduates.
Mr. Shelley served as a member and Secretary of the Florida State Racing Commission in the 1941-42 term. He entered the military as an artillery officer and rose to the rank of Major during his service in the south Pacific. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation.
For six years following World War II, Mr. Shelley was an administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Spessard L. Holland. He returned to Tallahassee in 1953 and engaged in a general law practice.
Mr. Shelley was a past President of the Alumni Association and was a member of the prestigious Presidents Council. He was also a Gold Share Investor in the SHARE program of the UF Foundation. Mr. Shelley held memberships in the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the American Judicature Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Elks and Tallahassee Kiwanis, of which he was a past President. He was President and Director of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
Maxwell W. Wells, Jr. BSBA '49, JD '59
Mr. Wells graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1949. He earned a Bachelor of Laws with honors in 1959. Mr. Wells qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1950 and practiced accounting in his hometown of Orlando. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Wells joined the law firm of Maguire, Voorhis and Wells.
He served as President of the Orange County Bar Association and on the steering committee of the Florida Bar Fiduciary Practice Workshop for Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Wells served as Secretary of the First Methodist Church of Orlando, Vice President and Treasurer of the Orlando Jaycees, Treasurer of the American Legion and as President of the Kiwanis Club of North Orlando. As Director and Treasurer of the South Branch Orange County YMCA, he was Chairman for a successful capital funds campaign that resulted in the addition of important facilities for that organization.
Mr. Wells served many years as Chairman on one of the most important committees of the UF Alumni Association. He served as a District Vice President of the Association for four years and was designated the Outstanding District Vice President in 1964-65. He became President of the Alumni Association in 1967 and served continuously on the Association's Executive Committee and Council. In 1971 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation, Inc.
Winston E. Arnow BSBA '32, JD '33
Judge Arnow presided over numerous municipal and federal courts in Florida, and chaired several significant civil rights and desegregation cases.
Arnow received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1932 and a law degree from UF in 1933. Upon graduation, he entered private practice in Gainesville in 1933. He then took a statistical position with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in Florida, later served as a law clerk at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee then returned to private practice in Gainesville.
Beginning in 1942, Arnow served in the U.S. Army's JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps where he reached the rank of Major. After completing his military service, he returned to Gainesville and his private practice, and also served as a municipal judge.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Arnow to a seat on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida. He was the court's chief judge when he assumed senior status in 1981.
Some of the hallmark decisions he presided over were desegregating the Escambia school system in 1969, constructing a special district to assure the county commission would have at least one black member and sealed a discrimination case requiring Elgin Air Force Base to hire 100 black workers and promote others.
He concluded his public service as a senior judge in the Federal District Court in Pensacola.
C. Farris Bryant BSBA '35
Mr. Bryant was the 34th Governor of the State of Florida and was instrumental in improving the state's educational system and infrastructure.
Mr. Bryant received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1935. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then returned to Florida to begin his political career. He was elected to five terms in the Florida House of Representatives beginning in 1946. He would become the House's speaker in 1953.
Mr. Bryant took the office of Governor of Florida in 1961, and is credited with acquiring significant federal highway financing, doubling the number of schools in the university system, expanding Cape Canaveral and supported a reapportionment increasing urban representation.
Upon completion of his four-year term, Mr. Bryant was appointed as a federal emergency planning director by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Mr. Bryant and his wife, Julia, endowed The Farris and Julia Bryant Florida History Preservation Fund at UF's George A. Smathers Libraries. The gift makes possible significant funding for digitizing lab equipment to better preserve and widely disseminate the Bryants' papers and those of other 20th Century political leaders.
Lawton Chiles BSBA '52, JD '55
Mr. Chiles was the 41st Governor of the State of Florida where he enacted numerous social and political reforms.
Mr. Chiles earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1952 and a Juris Doctor in 1955 from the University of Florida. He served his country proudly in the Korean War as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, Mr. Chiles began practicing law in Lakeland in 1955 before embarking on a distinguished political career. Mr. Chiles was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1959, the Florida Senate in 1966 and the U.S. Senate in 1970. Mr. Chiles would be re-elected three times to the U.S. Senate serving a total of 18 years.
After retiring from the U.S. Senate in 1989, Chiles was elected Governor in 1990. He was a champion for children increasing funding for prenatal care and childhood immunizations, served as Chair of the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality and established Florida's Healthy Start program to aid proper prenatal and infant care for Florida mothers and their children. Chiles also won a landmark legal battle with the tobacco industry and used the funds from that settlement to provide health insurance coverage for more than a quarter of a million Florida children.
Dan Sikes BSBA '53, JD '60
Mr. Sikes was the University of Florida's first All-America golfer and went on to a successful career on the PGA Tour.
Mr. Sikes earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1953, and a Bachelor of Literary Law Degree in 1960. While at UF, Mr. Sikes was a three-time letter winner from 1951 to 1953 and was named an All-American in 1952 when he led the Gators to a 26-4-3 season. Known as the "Golfing Lawyer," Mr. Sikes won six events on the PGA Tour during his 16-year career. He had his best season in 1967 when he won two events and finished fifth on the money list. He won 2 of 3 matches in the 1969 Ryder Cup to help the United States tie Great Britain and retain the trophy.
One of Mr. Sikes' most lasting accomplishments in golf was serving as Chairman of the Champions Advisory Council, which helped start the modern-day Champions Tour. He won three events on the PGA Senior Tour—now the Champions Tour.
The Dan Sikes Memorial Endowment was established at UF in Mr. Sikes' memory.
James W. Kynes, Jr. BSBA '50, JD '55
Mr. Kynes was the former Attorney General of the state of Florida.
Mr. Kynes had a distinguished academic and athletic career at the University of Florida where he was captain of the 1949 football team and member of Florida Blue Key leadership fraternity and the University's Hall of Fame. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1950 and Juris Doctor degree in 1955 from UF, and served as national president of the UF Alumni Association in 1960.
Following his law school graduation, Mr. Kynes began a private practice in Ocala. Shortly thereafter, Governor LeRoy Collins appointed him state prosecuting attorney in the Central Florida area. In 1961, Mr. Kynes became Executive Assistant to Governor Farris Bryant, a position he held until he became Attorney General in January 1964. After leaving office, Mr. Kynes joined Jim Walter Corporation as Vice President for Legal Affairs in January 1965.
Mr. Kynes was President of the West Coast Bowl Association. He served on the Board of Directors of The First National Bank in St. Petersburg, Brentwood Savings and Loan located in Los Angeles and is a member of Kappa Alpha social fraternity, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, Kiwanis Club, American Legion, the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Methodist Church, and many other civic social on professional associations. He was the 1963 statewide chairman for the American Cancer Society Crusade.
Earl P. Powers BSBA '38, MBA '41
Mr. Powers was a key figure in the development of Gainesville's infrastructure and business presence.
Mr. Powers received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting in 1938 and a Master of Arts in Business Administration in 1941 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and was hired to teach accounting courses.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the 75th Division Field Artillery. He was discharged as a lieutenant colonel in 1945.
Mr. Powers was a CPA and founding partner of the law firm Purvis, Gray & Powers. He was the first chairman of the State Turnpike Authority and a member of the State Road Board. He had a significant influence in having Interstate 75 run through Gainesville.
Mr. Powers, a founding member of The Gainesville Quarterback Club, served on the boards of Gainesville-area banks and was a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund. He also served on the Alachua County School Board.
Mr. Powers devoted his time and resources to his alma mater. He established the Earl Powers and Marguerite D. Powers Nursing Scholarship Fund at UF, served as President and charter member of the President's Council, served as President of the UF Foundation and served on the board of overseers for the Health Science Center.
The park on Newnan's Lake in Gainesville is named in his honor.
Henry Toland BSBA '37, JD '39
Mr. Toland was a businessman, attorney and member of the Florida Legislature.
Mr. Toland received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1937. While at UF, he was a captain of the UF golf team.
After attending law school at UF, Mr. Toland moved to Plant City, Fla., to begin his legal career. In 1940, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served one term. He joined the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and served for 4 ½ years in World War II reaching the rank of major and winning the Bronze Star.
Upon his return to Florida, Mr. Toland began his banking career in the trust department at Tampa's Exchange Bank in 1949. He would ascend to President of Exchange Bank in 1967 and remained in that position until 1972 when joined the law firm Holland & Knight.
He served as Chairman of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority from 1952 to 1955, and was a Director of the Canal Authority for the State of Florida from 1961 to 1965.
He was a founder of the Tampa Industrial Park, and helped lure the Anheuser-Busch and Schlitz breweries to the site. In 1958, he was named Tampa's Outstanding Citizen.