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

Florida A&M University Board of Trustees

Chair Solomon L. Badger, Ed.D. is currently retired from a career in education. During his career he worked as a community college counselor, campus dean of Student Affairs and District Dean of Student Affairs. He has also served as an adjunct professor for graduate research at Nova Southeastern University and as a professor in the School of Teacher Education at Edward Waters College. In 2003, Badger was selected by the Florida Supreme Court from a list of three candidates to fill one of two seats reserved for public members on the Florida Bar Board of Governors.  After completing an enlistment in the United States Air Force he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from FAMU in 1963 and 1969, respectively. In 1975 he earned a doctorate in Higher Education/Behavioral Studies from Nova Southeastern University.  He lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
Email: solomon.badger@famu.edu

Vice Chair Rufus Montgomery is the managing director of government affairs at Hall Booth Smith P.C. Prior to joining HBS, Montgomery was vice president at Cornerstone Communications Group after serving 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

Torey L. Alston serves as Chief of Staff to Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief.  He previously served as 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 and the FAMU National Alumni Association.  He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Email: torey.alston@famu.edu

Kimberly 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 the workforce. Prior to joining TCC, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE plus, 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
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

Spurgeon McWilliams has maintained a private practice in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology 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 has been a member of the executive committee of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society since 1966. 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

Narayan Persaud is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Florida A&M University (FAMU). He received his education at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, Ohio University, Kent State University and Florida State University. Prior to joining the faculty at FAMU, he taught at the University of Guyana and the University of the Virgin Islands. He also served as a senior policy analyst with Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Governmental Accountability, and as the higher education analyst with the Florida Senate. From 1996-2004, he served as director of FAMU’s Juvenile Justice Role Model Development Program, and he is a founding advisor for the Progressive Black Men on campus. Currently, Persaud serves as president of the FAMU Faculty Senate.
Email: narayan.persaud@famu.edu
Belinda 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

Anthony Q. Siders II is the 60th student body president. The senior political science student from West Palm Beach, Fla., has served on the 40th Student Senate as a freshman senator, as well as the for the Organization and Finance chairman— where he was responsible for the allocation of more than $3.4 million in Activity & Service (A&S) fees. Sider, who has authored appropriation legislation affording more than $300,000 to clubs and organizations on FAMU’s campus, most recently authored legislation that allowed 100 students to attend the inauguration of United States President Barack Obama. Known as a "students first" leader to his constituents, he understands the struggle of the everyday student. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., where he served as president in 2011.
Email: anthony1.siders@famu.edu

Marjorie Turnbull is a consultant specializing in working with non- profit organizations in the areas of board and staff development and fund raising. Turnbull previously worked with Penson Associates, Inc. as a specialist associate.  Turnbull chairs the Community Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation as well as a founding director of the Prime Meridian Bank and serves on the institutional review board of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She was recently awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award by Leadership Tallahassee. Turnbull received her master’s degree in international relations from the University of Georgia, a bachelor degree in political science from the University of Florida, and an associate of arts degree from Agnes Scott College.
Email: marjorie.turnbull@famu.edu

Cleve Warren is the president of Essential Capital Finance, Inc., 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

Karl 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