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Derrick Brooks

Allan Bense, a Panama City resident, is the President and CEO of Bense Enterprises, Inc. which is involved with road building, mechanical contracting, insurance, and golf courses. He represented Florida's 6th District from 1998 to 2006 in the Florida House of Representatives, where he was speaker from 2004 to 2006. A double alumnus, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.B.A. from Florida State.

Bense serves on numerous Boards and Councils, and is Chairman of the Board of the James Madison Institute. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, HCA Gulf Coast Medical Center, Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, and the Florida Council on Military Base & Mission Support. He serves on the Board of Directors of Gulf Power Company, the Florida Council of 100, and The Foundation for Florida's Future. He also serves on the boards of charitable organizations and as chairman of the board of the Bense Family Foundation, which makes contributions each year to various state and local not-for-profit causes.

  Kathryn Ballard

Kathryn Ballard has a long history of charitable and community work, including service on the Board of Directors of the Florida Special Olympics, the Florida State University College of Human Sciences Board and the Board of Trustees of the Maclay School of Tallahassee. She also served as Chairman of Maclay School Capital Campaign.

A lifelong FSU fan, Mrs. Ballard has been honored for Outstanding Achievement by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Commission for her efforts to restore Tallahassee's historic Lively House.

Mrs. Ballard graduated from Florida State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Sciences.

Edward Burr
  • Edward E. "Ed" Burr
  • Greenpointe Holdings LLC
  • 7807 Baymeadows Road East #205
  • Jacksonville, FL 32256
  • 904/998-8841
  • 904/996-2481 FAX
  • email:

Edward Burr is president and chief executive officer of GreenPointe Holdings, LLC, a diversified holding company he founded in 2008. After graduating from FSU College of Business with a B. S. in Accounting in 1979, he began his career with Coopers & Lybrand LLP. He founded the LandMar Group LLC in 1987 and led the company's creation of master-planned, award-winning communities in Florida and coastal Georgia. Ed also co-founded Hampton Golf & Lifestyles Management.

Ed has served on Board of Trustees of the FSU Foundation, the board of the Seminole Boosters and the Executive Board of the FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research in the College of Business.

Throughout his career, Ed has been actively involved in business, civic and community organizations. He has served as chairman of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the Chamber Board of Directors overseeing the Downtown Development Council. Burr was named Developer of the Year by his peers and accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. He is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Home Builders and the Northeast Florida Builders Association. A longtime advocate for bettering the lives of children, Ed is founder of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, a foundation committed to the prevention of child abuse.

  Joseph L. Camps
  • Joseph L. Camps
  • Southeastern Urological Center, P.A.
  • 2000 Centre Pointe Boulevard
  • Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • 850/309-0400
  • email:

Joseph L. Camps, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Florida State University in 1978. During his FSU years, he led the Florida State Seminoles as captain of the football team. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Camps has been practicing urology in Tallahassee since 1990. Having served in many leadership positions, he is currently chair of the Board of Directors at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Dr. Camps' leadership qualities extend beyond the field of medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Premier Bank of Tallahassee.

In addition, he served as the 1997-1998 Chairman of the Seminole Boosters Executive Board and the FSU Athletic Board from 2006- 2011. Dr. Camps has been honored with the FSU Circle of Gold and the FSU Golden Torch. In 2000 he received the Moore-Stone award and was also inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame. In 2007 he received the "The Living Legend" award from the Tallahassee Area Chapter 100 Black Men of America.

Stefano Cavallaro
  • Stefano J. Cavallaro
  • 205 Oglesby Student Union
  • Florida State University
  • Tallahassee, FL 32306
  • 850/644-1811
  • email:

Stefano J. Cavallaro, a fourth-year student at Florida State, is student body president. Cavallaro also serves as the Chairman of the Florida Students Association and sits on the Florida Board of Governors, where he represents the over 330,000 students in our state university system. He is pursuing a double major in accounting and political science.

Elected to the Student Senate the spring of his freshman year, Cavallaro previously served as chairman of the Finance Committee in the 64th and 65th Student Senates and was named Chairman of the Year by his peers. As a student senator, he was instrumental in creating electronic voting and greater transparency for the Student Senate. This past year, Cavallaro served as director of Governmental Affairs leading the Student Body in student advocacy. Through his efforts, Cavallaro successfully worked with student-veterans to get the Florida Legislature to pass in-state tuition for veterans - regardless of their state of residency.

Cavallaro has distinguished himself academically as an Honors Legal Scholar and a member of Garnet & Gold Key Honor Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He also was a recent finalist for the Truman Scholarship. In addition, Cavallaro is a brother of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and previously served as the Interfraternity Council's vice president of finance.

A native of Portland, Maine, Cavallaro was raised in Venice, Fla. - the Shark's Tooth Capitol of the World - where he was valedictorian of his high school senior class and selected as one of two high school seniors to represent Florida in the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program.

  Emily Fleming Duda
  • Emily Fleming Duda
  • 2451 Mikler Road
  • Oviedo, FL 32765
  • 407/365-6336
  • email:

Emily Fleming Duda, of Oviedo, is an active member of the FSU Booster Club board, serving five years on the board's executive committee. She was awarded the Godfrey Smith Award for Outstanding Service to the board in 2000.

Ms. Duda also served on the board of directors of the Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources, which is administered through the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Wm. Andrew Haggard
  • Joseph Gruters
  • Shinn and Company LLC
  • 1001 Third Ave West, Suite 500
  • Bradenton, FL 34205
  • 941/747–0500
  • email:

Joseph Gruters, CPA, is an accountant with Shinn and Company LLC in Bradenton and the chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota. In addition, he is the immediate past chairman of the Sarasota County Planning Commission. He serves as a member of the board of the Humane Society of Sarasota County and the Florida Sports Foundation.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Gruters worked in various corporate and political roles including campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, of Sarasota. Gruters holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State and an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. He resides in Sarasota with his wife, Sydney.

  Wm. Andrew Haggard
  • Wm. Andrew Haggard
  • 330 Alhambra Circle
  • First Floor
  • Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • 305/446-5700
  • email:

Wm. Andrew Haggard, of Coral Gables, has been senior partner for the Haggard Parks Haggard & Bologna, P.A. law firm since 1995. He has been a member of the Florida Bar in good standing since 1967. From 1990-92, he served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Ethics. He is listed in the publications The Best Lawyers in America and Greatest American Lawyers and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a Fellow and previous Chairman of the State Chair Committee of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member and 1998 National Chairman of the Board of the FSU Seminole Boosters; Chairman of FSU College of Arts & Sciences Leadership Counsel and served on the 1993 FSU Presidential Search Committee.

Mr. Haggard received his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1964, and his law degree from Mercer University in 1967.

Mark Hillis
  • Mark Hillis
  • Tallahassee Center, #1102
  • 215 W College Avenue
  • Tallahassee FL 32301
  • 850/524-2035
  • email:

Mark Hillis, of Tallahassee, earned a bachelor's degree from The Florida State University College of Business in 1964 and a juris doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1977. He served for 33 years as first vice president for SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. Mr. Hillis currently serves as Chair of Collective Bargaining Issues and Chair of the Finance, Business and Audit Committee for the Board of Trustees. He is a retired major from the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Hillis has served on the FSU College of Business Board of Governors since 1989, including service as chairman from 1996 to 1998. Since 2003, he has served as a director on the Executive Board of the College of Business Center for Real Estate Education and Research. In 2011, he was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame. A lifetime member of the Florida State Alumni Association, he served on the Alumni Association's Development Committee from 2004 to 2008, and served on the Alumni Association's Board of Directors from 1993 to 2002, including a term as treasurer. He also served as a member of the Alumni Association's Centennial Steering Committee. From 1995 to 2008, he was a member of the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, serving as secretary and chairing the Finance, Real Estate, Development and Capital Campaign Executive Committees. In addition, he is a member of the Seminole Boosters, the FSU Graduate School Advancement Council, the FSU Undergraduate Studies Development Council, the FSU Veterans Advancement Board and the FSU National Capital Campaign Committee. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity, and Chairs the Scholarship Committee. A generous contributor and active alumnus, he has received the Florida State University Alumni Association Circle of Gold Award. Hillis' wife, Nan Casper Hillis, is a 1976 graduate of Florida State and is involved in numerous university activities.

  Leslie Pantin
  • Leslie Pantin, Vice Chair
  • Pantin/Beber Silverstein Public Relations
  • 89 NE 27th Street
  • Miami, FL 33137
  • 305/929-9726
  • email:

Leslie Pantin is president of Pantin/Beber Silverstein Public Relations in Miami.

Pantin was appointed to the Florida State University Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors on Jan. 17, 2013. His term is five years.

In 2006, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Pantin to a five-year term on the FSU Board of Trustees, where he served as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. In addition, Pantin has served on the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the FSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Seminole Boosters Board of Directors.

In 1992, former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed Pantin to the Board of Trustees of Miami-Dade Community College, where he served for two years. From 2002 to 2006, Pantin was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Barry University.

Pantin is active in a number of civic organizations, community affairs and special events in the South Florida area. In 1997, he served as president of the Orange Bowl Committee, which hosted college football's national championship game, and is the founding chair of the Orange Bowl foundation. He is also a past member of the Miami Business Forum, Miami's pre-eminent civic/business association.

A resident of Miami for more than 50 years, Pantin was a member of the South Florida National Parks Trust, Trust for Public Land's South Florida Advisory Council and the Dade Heritage Trust's Board of Advisors. In 1999, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court appointed him to the Florida Judicial Management Council. Pantin was also on the board of directors of the Collins Center for Public Policy.

Pantin, who earned a bachelor's degree from Florida State in 1970, is the father of two FSU graduates. He is the recipient of several FSU Alumni Association awards, including the Bernard F. Sliger Award and the "Circle of Gold" award.

Peggy Rolando
  • Margaret A. "Peggy" Rolando
  • Shutts & Bowen
  • 1500 Miami Center
  • 201 South Biscayne Boulevard
  • Miami, FL 33131
  • 305/379-9144
  • email:

Peggy Rolando, of Coral Gables, has been a partner in Shutts & Bowen's real estate department since 1984. She is a board-certified real estate attorney and is "AV" rated. She is active in legal professional associations and serves on the Board of Governors of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She is treasurer of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. She received her B.A. from Spring Hill College in 1972; her M.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in 1974; and her J.D. with honors from Florida State in 1978. A long-time supporter of the College of Law she has served on the Florida State College of Law Board of Visitors since 1994, including as chairman of the board from 1999-2001. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia.

  Brent Sembler
  • Brent W. Sembler
  • The Sembler Company
  • 5858 Central Avenue
  • St. Petersburg, FL 33707
  • 727/544-4244
  • email:

Brent Sembler, of St. Petersburg, is vice chairman of The Sembler Company, one of the country's most recognized shopping center development and management companies responsible for over 130 major shopping center projects and over 165 freestanding retail stores since its inception.

Mr. Sembler serves on the boards of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Gulf Coast Community Care and All Children's Hospital. He is a past member of Shorecrest Preparatory School's Board of Trustees. He and his wife Debbie established a philanthropic fund that benefits numerous Bay Area charities.

Born in 1957 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Mr. Sembler earned a B.S. degree from Florida State University in 1980. He and his wife have three children: a daughter and two sons, one of whom currently attends Florida State University.

Dr. Gary Tyson
  • Gary Tyson
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 203 Love Building
  • Tallahassee, FL 32306-4530
  • 850/644-3088
  • email:

Gary Tyson, a professor of computer science at Florida State, is president of the university's Faculty Senate.

Tyson's research focuses on three areas: computer architecture; computational genomics; and mobile applications. Much of his research is concentrated on providing new technological solutions to improve quality of life of chronically ill patients. Tyson is the founding director of the FSU mobile research lab, and is currently working on the development of a new research center for genomics and personalized medicine. He also started a company, Florida Mobile Solutions, to "help solve the world's problems one app at a time."

Tyson and his students have published over 100 papers, been awarded patents on low power processor designs and developed smart phone applications for medical monitoring. The National Science Foundation, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Google and IBM have funded this research.

Tyson earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of California-Davis in 1997. Before joining Florida State's faculty in 2003, he held academic appointments at the University of California-Riverside and the University of Michigan.


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