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Board of Trustees
1601 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
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Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Florida A&M University Board of Trustees


Mr. Rufus Montogomery

Chair Rufus Montgomery is President and CEO of The Cascon Group and a partner with CurtMont Global. He has held several executive positions, most recently as managing director of government affairs at Hall Booth Smith P.C. and immediately prior as vice president at Cornerstone Communications Group.His HBCU background includes service as interim associate vice president for institutional advancement at Albany State University and interim associate vice president for external affairs at Fort Valley State University. Montgomery was a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives before leaving Capitol Hill to serve as executive director of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. He directed African American outreach efforts for then-candidate Jeb Bush’s first successful campaign for governor. Montgomery is a Desert Storm veteran with active duty service in Europe and Southwest Asia. He has also coordinated political campaign activity at state and federal levels in two states in addition to serving as a member of the Electoral College in 2008. He holds Master of Applied Social Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida A&M University.

Email: rufus.montgomery@famu.edu

Mr. Kelvin Lawson

Vice Chair Kelvin Lawson is a national client service director with Acosta Sales and Marketing. In this role, he provides cross-functional leadership, direction and strategic planning to select clients to ensure maximum business results.  He has managed the corporate relationships  with large multinational organizations such as Kraft Foods, Starbucks and Diamond Foods.  Prior to joining Acosta, he spent 17 years at Johnson and Johnson.  During his tenure at Johnson and Johnson, he held positions of increasing responsibility including director of customer development and director of national accounts dealing with large retailers such as Wal-Mart, Costco, and Lenscrafters. Lawson is an active member of the Jacksonville (Fla.) community and serves on the board of a local non-profit as vice president of fundraising.  Recently, he was appointed to the board of the Hubbard House of Jacksonville, Fla.  He is a Florida A&M University graduate of the School of Business and Industry.  He resides in Jacksonville, Fla.
Email: kelvin.lawson@famu.edu

Mr. Torey AlstonTorey L. Alston serves as Executive Director for the Miami-Dade Public Schools Office of Economic Opportunity.  Alston previously served as Chief of Staff to both Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones and Barbara Sharief.  From 2007-2010, Alston served as both Executive Director for Florida's Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) and Interim Executive Director for the state's Council on Efficient Government.  In 2009, he served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.  Alston, a FAMU graduate, received his bachelor’s degree and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management.  While at FAMU, he served in various roles including Class President (two terms), Student Senator and President of the FAMU Student National Alumni Association.  Alston is a Life Member of the NAACP, FAMU National Alumni Association and Province Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  
Email: torey.alston@famu.edu  



Ms. Tonnette Graham

Tonnette S. Graham is the 62nd student body president.  On May 30, 2015 she was elected Florida Student Association president, representing over 300,000 students in the State University System.  Ms. Graham, who is the first African-American woman to hold this office, is also a member of the Florida Board of Governors.  She is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in major in public administration. Shortly after arriving on campus in the Fall of 2010, Graham declared her candidacy for a seat in the Student Senate.  She was overwhelmingly elected by her peers to serve for a two year term.  As a member of the Senate, she bought reform to the halls of student government and championed legislation that improved the quality of student life on campus.  She is the first student in FAMU’s history to serve on the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors and is the co-founder of the FAMU Student Foundation, created to educate and inspire students to philanthropic support of the university. She also lends her time to numerous community service projects in the Tallahassee and Big Bend area.  A native of Delaware, Graham was raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She attended James S. Rickards High School where she was ranked top of her class and was a student in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program.  During her final year of high school Graham began dual enrollment at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  It was also during this time that she served as Student Body President at Rickards.
Email: tonnette1.graham@famu.edu    


Dr. Spurgeon McWilliams

Spurgeon McWilliams is a retired physician, having maintained a private practice in Tallahassee since 1975. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Florida Commission on Ethics and the Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees. McWilliams was the first state consultant to the Florida Medicaid Program. He served as a member of the executive committee of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society from 1996-2013. In 2002-2003 he served as president of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society and simultaneously served as president of the Florida State Medical Association. McWilliams earned a bachelor’s degree from FAMU, and graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 Email: spurgeon.mcwilliams@famu.edu
Ms. Kimberly MooreKimberly Moore has spent over a decade in the workforce development arena.  She currently serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). In the position of Vice President, she is responsible for developing strategic solutions that address the needs of employers and those seeking to enter and transition in the workforce. Prior to joining TCC, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE PLUS, a recognized regional workforce development board,  becoming the youngest person, the first African-American and the first woman to hold this top position.  Ms. Moore is a 1993 graduate of Tallahassee Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.  She continued her education at Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1995.   In May 2006, she earned her M.B.A from Webster University.
Email: kimberly.moore@famu.edu

Bettye A. Grable is the president of the FAMU Faculty Senate and is a tenured associate professor in the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.  She joined the Journalism faculty in 2006.   She teaches freshman student life skills courses, public relations courses, journalistic writing courses, and research and theory courses related to the field of journalism and mass communication. She is an award-winning teacher. She is one of the Founding Editorial Board Members of the Journal for Case Studies in Strategic Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communication.  Dr. Grable also serves on the Proposal Review Committee for the 34th Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, on the First-Year College Experience.  She also advises FAMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Dr. Grable earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Journalism from Florida A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.   
Email: bettye.grable@famu.edu
Ms. Belinda Reed ShannonBelinda Reed Shannon serves as vice president of compliance, EEO, diversity and employee relations for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  She is based in GSK’s Research Triangle Park, North American headquarters.  In her current role, Shannon leads the company’s efforts in the areas of employment compliance, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and other EEO-related matters.  Previously, Shannon managed all U.S. based employment litigation for GSK.  As in-house counsel, she provided strategic employment advice and counsel to the company’s executives for matters related to employee conduct and performance, internal investigations, restructurings and reductions in force, and human resources processes and communications. Shannon served as chair of the GSK Legal Functions Global Diversity Steering Committee.  Shannon belongs to a number of professional and civic organizations and is a founding member of the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists. She is a Florida A&M University graduate with a degree in marketing and a MBA.  She earned her juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School.  
Email:  belinda.shannon@famu.edu


Mr. Cleve WarrenCleve Warren is the chief financial officer for Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla.  He is a former banker and financial advisor, and has served in state and local government as executive director of the Florida Black Business Investment Board under former Gov. Bob Martinez, and as chief of Economic Development for the City of Jacksonville under former Mayor Ed Austin.  He currently serves on the board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Civic Council, and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.  Warren also serves on the boards of several charitable and civic organizations, and is co-chair of the Jacksonville Urban Education Symposium.  He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. Warren earned his bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the University of North Florida and his master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Jacksonville University.  He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of North Florida.  
Email: cleve.warren@famu.edu  
Nicole Washington is a higher education expert with more than 10 years of experience, including teaching, education research, and public policy advocacy. Nicole currently consults on student success and equity issues. She is the state policy consultant for the Lumina Foundation and has consulted on policy and research projects for a myriad of other national organizations, including the Institute on Higher Education Policy, Education Commission on the States, and Jobs for the Future.  Prior to consulting, she served the State of Florida as the associate director of governmental relations for Florida’s State University System Board of Governors and in the Office of Policy and Budget in the Florida Governor's Office in Tallahassee. Washington currently resides in Miami where she is actively involved in the community. She is a member of Leadership Miami, the Veterans Trust Board, and is a mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship program. Nicole grew up in Akron, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Princeton University and master's degree in comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Email: nicole.washington@famu.edu

Mr. Karl E. WhiteKarl E. White is the managing principal of Gracián & Co., a boutique advisory and consulting firm specializing in the hedge fund and private equity industries. He was previously appointed to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees where he served as vice chairman of the board and chairman of several committees. He received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Florida A&M University and received a MBA from the University of Chicago. His previous experience includes service as executive director of the MBTA Retirement Fund, Pension Fund and he has also held investment management positions with Putnam Investments, Scudder Kemper and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.   
Email: karl.white@famu.edu   

 Robert L. Woody is the director of Community and Business Development for Career Source.  He retired as the deputy secretary for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice two years ago.  From 2008 through 2011 he was the director of the Alachua County Jail. Mr. Woody has served on the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission, was selected as the State of Florida Correctional Probation Officer of the Year, and the Gainesville Sun Civic Leader Person of the Year. He received the E.T. York Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the community. Mr. Woody has served as vice chair and chairman of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.  He earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a master's degree from Rollins College. Currently, Mr. Woody is the chairperson of the Santa Fe College Board of Trustees in Gainesville, Fla. Initially, he was appointed to the board in 1990, becoming vice chair and chair, and was reappointed in 1994 and 1998. In 1994 he was named the State Trustee of the Year by the Florida Association of Community Colleges. Mr. Woody was appointed to the FAMU Board of Trustees in March 2015 and his term ends January 6, 2020.
Email: robert.woody@famu.edu