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

Florida A&M University Board of Trustees


Mr. Kelvin Lawson

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.

Ms. Kimberly MooreVice Chair 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 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.

Dr. Matthew Carter

Matthew M. Carter II is Counsel for Ramos & Sparks Group, advising the firm on energy, business and economic development, organizational communications, and education matters. He served three years on the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) for the State University System.  On the BOG, he served as a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Audit Committee, the Facilities Committee and the Health Initiatives Committee.  Prior to this, he served as a Senior Staff Director for two Committees in the Florida Senate: Communications, Energy and Public Utilities and the Committee on Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security. He is a public speaker and has written two books.  He also serves as an Associate Minister for the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. He has broad experience in public and private senior management.  He received his bachelor's and law degrees from Florida State University; a Master's degree in Theological Science from Smith Chapel Bible University, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Ministry from Gulf Coast College & Seminary.  Dr. Carter was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission, serving a four-year term and two years as Chairman.  In his capacity as Commission Chairman, he served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committees on Water, Critical Infrastructure, and International Relations.  He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington DC, and oversears in Germany and the Panama Canal Zone.
Email: matthew.carter@famu.edu

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc. In 1990, he became the state director and served as chief administrator for United States Senator Sam Nunn. Mr. Dortch was the first African American to serve in this capacity.  Some of Mr. Dortch’s other accomplishments include serving as chief executive officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc.; chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Parking; chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC; and managing partner of FAD Consulting, LLC. He also established the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., and co-founded the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME). Mr. Dortch earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Pre- Professional Social Work from Fort Valley State University in 1972, and a Master of Art Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark-Atlanta University in 1986. He also attended Georgia State University as a Ford Fellow in the Urban Administration Program. Dortch received honorary doctor degrees from Fayetteville State University, Jarvis Christian College, Fort Valley State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Livingstone College.
Email: thomas.dortch@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


David H. Jackson, III is the President of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Student Government Association (SGA). He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well from FAMU. Throughout his life, Mr. Jackson has committed himself to public service and scholastic achievement. During his first year at FAMU, he was elected to the 46th Student Senate and served a two-year term. As a senator, he served on both the judicial and rules committee as well as the student relations committee. Mr. Jackson also served as a general body member of the FAMU First Year Experience Peer Mentor Organization. Additionally, Mr. Jackson worked in the FAMU Office of Assessment as an associate where he compiled and analyzed data from various university colleges, schools, and departments, and helped create student surveys to assess learning outcomes. Mr. Jackson studied abroad at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in Beijing, China and interned with General Electric (GE) Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio where his job duties focused on distribution, finance, and supply chain management. A second generation Rattler, Mr. Jackson is the son of Drs. David H. Jr. and Sheila M. Jackson, and older brother of Daja H. Jackson. Mr. Jackson was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.
Email: SGApresident@famu.edu



David Lawrence Jr.

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment and decision-making. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. He is the “founding chair.” In 2002-3 he chaired the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Protection, and in 2011 he chaired a similar panel for the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide pre-K for all 4 year olds.  He is a board member and former chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006. Before coming to Miami in 1989, he was publisher and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. Previously he was editor of the Charlotte Observer, and earlier in reporting and editing positions at four newspapers. (During his tenure as Miami Herald publisher, the paper won five Pulitzer Prizes.)
Email: dlawrence@childreadiness.org


David Lawrence Jr.

Harold Mills, has spent his career successfully developing and leading technology and human resource businesses. As the Vice Chairman and former CEO of the award winning ZeroChaos, Mr. Mills oversaw the strategic direction and market development for one of the top global workforce management companies. Mills is attributed with building ZeroChaos from inception to a multi-billion company with operations in over 45 countries. Recognized by experts as one of the great innovators in the industry, Mills and ZeroChaos are transforming the way Fortune 1000 companies acquire and manage their outside contingent labor. Prior to ZeroChaos, Mr. Mills held various executive positions in general management and corporate development with leading solutions companies including internet-based HR and technology companies, including AT&T's (formerly Ameritech) where Mr. Mills was the General Manager of one its emerging technology business units. Mr. Mills has been honored with many awards including the Peter Yessne Staffing Industry Innovator of the Year; the EY (formerly Ernst &Young) Entrepreneur of the Year; and many others. He is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Guidewell Holdings, and Florida Blue. Mr. Mills earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Mills resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and three children.
Email: harold.mills@famu.edu


Belvin Perry

Belvin Perry, Jr., is currently a personal injury attorney with the law firm of Morgan & Morgan. Prior to joining the Morgan Law Firm he was the Chief Judge of 9th Judicial Circuit for nearly eighteen years and a circuit judge for nearly twenty-four years before retiring in August of 2014.  He has also served as President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts and the first African-American Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.  He served as Chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission for four years and Chair of the Florida Innocence Commission.  In 2009 he was selected as the FLABOTA Jurist of the Year by the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a member of 100 Black Men of Orlando.  Mr. Perry received his B. S. and M. Ed. from Tuskegee University and Juris Doctor from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.  He is also member of Florida Bar and Texas Bar. Mr. Perry has received numerous awards and honors such as 2014 Historical Society of Central Florida - John Young History Maker, YMCA of Central Florida & South West Orlando Jaycees 2014 Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award and 2012 Judge William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for Professionalism by the Florida Bar.  Mr. Perry resides in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Craig ReedCraig Reed is the global director of Direct Materials and Services for the Sourcing and Logistics function at E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company. In this role, Craig oversees a global staff, responsible for more than $8 billion in spending for goods and services that include raw materials, energy, packaging, and contract manufacturing. A proven leader in the supply chain and sourcing arena, Craig has more than 20 years of global experience in multinational corporations including Delta Air Lines, Deere & Co, BMW Manufacturing, and Honda of America. Craig also serves as a director for the Institute of Supply Chain Management Services Board, chair of the Clark Atlanta University SCM Advisory Board, and is a past board member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Reed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida A&M University and a MBA from Arizona State University.


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

 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