College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
In my forty years of academic and professional life, I have been honored to have served in a number of positions with varying degrees of responsibility. My
interest in policy began as a student court justice at Florida Institute of Technology, and later as its Student Government President. After graduation, I was asked to continue at the university and earn my graduate degree and serve as an instructor of mathematics in the College of Math and Sciences and for students within the School of Marine Technology.
After earning my graduate degree from Florida Institute of Technology, my career in government leadership began in the City of Vero Beach and progressed through several state government positions in Tallahassee, Florida including as an advisor to former Florida Governor Bob Graham. While working for Governor Graham, I was accepted into the doctoral program in public administration at Florida State University. My Ph.D. program was funded through a U.S. EPA Fellowship and my dissertation was funded by Florida Sea Grant.
I left the Governor’s Office and worked for several years as the Research and Planning Director for The Florida Bar, and enjoyed working with leading
attorneys and Florida Supreme Court and federal justices. In 1988, I was hired as the founding director of the Burruss Institute of Public Service at Kennesaw
State University, a research and policy think tank in Atlanta, and served in that position and as a faculty member in public administration until 2000. I had the opportunity to develop the university’s MPA Program at that time. In November 2000, I was hired as Vice President for Planning and Research at Mayes, Sudderth, and Etheredge (later Croy Engineering) in Marietta, GA.
From 2007 until 2012, I was a Full Professor at Argosy University in Atlanta. Since 2012, I have been teaching for Liberty University Online in its public health and MPA AND MPP programs.
I have served in leadership positions for accrediting bodies (NASPAA), chambers of commerce, community and civic groups, and in political affiliations. I have been nominated by Congressmen, both Democrat and Republican, for key federal positions and I was appointed by Georgia Governor Roy Barnes to his Board of Environmental Education, including assisting him with drafting legislation. Presently, I volunteer at the Woodstock, GA Police Department by writing grants to federal and state agencies and to foundations. I also serve on its Auxiliary Police.
I believe strongly in the power of collaboration. My own research has benefited greatly from collaborations, making it highly interdisciplinary, as evidenced by my list of applied and basic research. This includes my policy area experiences and teaching in environmental and ocean policy, criminal justice, education, agriculture, transportation policy, and public health. I am also very experienced in research design and data analysis using IBM SPSS. I have collaborated with a wide range of groups in research, teaching, service, and public engagement during my tenure at numerous colleges and universities. This includes securing millions of dollars in grants and foundation funds. I have served as a student leader, as a student athlete, an academic leader, a business leader, a government leader, and a community leader. My greatest contribution has been my leadership as a husband, father, and grandfather. For this journey, I am most proud.
My experience as a researcher, land planner, strategic planner, community, government and university administrator, a teacher, a parent, and as a student, will be invaluable to the Doctoral Program and it will enable me to serve with passion, understanding, and concern for all constituencies.
Thank you very much for considering my candidacy and I pray that you will have a very successful thesis. God’s blessings to each of you.