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Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 
 

Florida A&M University Board of Trustees

 
Mr. Cleve WarrenChair Cleve Warren is the Executive Director of the Foundation and the college's Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and former 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.

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.

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.

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
 

 

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  

 

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: david.lawrence@famu.edu    

   
Major General (Ret.) Gary T. McCoy is the Owner and Executive Director of GTM Global Solutions, LLC, a small management and logistics consulting firm located in Destin Florida. Having served his Nation for over 35 years, General McCoy retired from the United States Air Force on 1 October 2011. He culminated a long and distinguished career as Commander, Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, Scott Air Force Base, IL. He had the responsibility for executing the Air Force supply chain by integrating enterprise-wide planning and strategy with global command and control serving as the single focal point to the warfighter.  Prior to launching his consulting firm, General McCoy was the Senior Vice President, Program Operations, for AVPOL International and the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Institute of Defense Studies and Education (IDSE), Wright State University. A South Carolina native, General McCoy was commissioned through Officer Training School and served in a variety of command and staff assignments. A career logistics officer, he commanded a supply squadron and a logistics group, and he served staff tours at both major command and Air Staff levels. He served as a deputy program manager, a joint duty officer with the Defense Logistics Agency and an air logistics center product director. In his final Pentagon assignment, General McCoy served as the Director of Logistics Readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
 
Email: gary.mccoy@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.
 

 
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