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UWF Foundation announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The University of West Florida Foundation, Inc., today announced its 2015-2016 Board of Directors, as new members were appointed to four-year terms beginning July 1, 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome incoming members to our Board of Directors, who give so much of their time and talents to ensure the future success of this University,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, president of the UWF Foundation, Inc. “Together with our returning directors, they will be of great service to the Foundation and its long-term goals.”

The new directors beginning their terms are: Brett Barrow, senior vice president of commercial banking for Regions Bank; Linda Brotherton, chief technology officer, ConnectWise, Tampa; Jason Crawford, chief executive officer, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, Pensacola; Kathie Jeffcoat, senior vice president, Rodney Rich & Company, Pensacola; Louis A. (Trip) Maygarden, III, attorney at law, Shell Fleming Davis & Menge, Pensacola; John L. Peacock, Jr., financial advisor, Edward Jones, Pensacola; Bruce Vredenburg, president, Hancock Bank, Pensacola; and Jake Hebert, vice president of the UWF Student Government Association.

The 2015 – 2016 officers are: John Hutchinson, chair; Gordon Sprague, vice chair; Richard Peterson, secretary; David Hightower, treasurer; and C. Ray Jones, immediate past chair.

Returning members of the board include: Scott Barrow; Judy Bense; Dave Cleveland; Doug Dobson; Gail Dorsey; Ray Flores; Rick Fountain; Tim Haag; James Hosman; Kim MacQueen; Dan McMillan; John Platt; Steve Riggs; Melinda Webb-Schwartz; and Brian Wyer.

The following members are retiring from the board: Alan Gieseman; Richard Sanfilippo; Luke van Blaricom; and Devonte Wilson.

The UWF Foundation, Inc., was established in 1965 for the purpose of accepting, managing and administering private gifts to support the University’s mission and programs. Its Board of Directors encourages such gifts and provides financial oversight of the Foundation’s investments and annual budget. For more information, visit