ALACHUA ‒ After more than 17 years as Vice President of Advancement at Santa Fe College (SFC), Chuck Clemons will be retiring from his position.

ClemonsWAn announcement by SFC of Clemons’ retirement spoke to the college’s growth and development across various facets of its operations, from academic expansion to infrastructural enhancements. “Under his leadership, the college expanded scholarship opportunities. The Santa Fe College Foundation now awards more than $1.6 million in student scholarships annually. VP Clemons was instrumental in raising funds and support to help support several capital projects and expand a multitude of educational and academic opportunities to citizens throughout the service district.”

Beyond his professional achievements at SFC, Clemons was elected in 2016 to the Florida House of Representatives, District 21, serving Dixie, Gilchrist, and part of Alachua County. He currently representants District 22, serving Gilchrist, Levy and part of Alachua County and serves as the Speaker Pro Tempore under the leadership of Florida House Speaker Paul Renner.

A High Springs native, and a Santa Fe High School graduate, Clemons is a first-generation college student, earning his Associate’s Degree from Florida Gateway College and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. Clemons and his wife, Jane, live in Newberry and have four children and three grandsons.

Clemons spent much of his early career in private business as a Chartered Financial Consultant. He was elected to the Alachua County Commission from 1996-2000. And in 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the State Director of USDA Rural Development overseeing a $2 billion portfolio with operations in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In the coming weeks, SFC will conduct a search for Clemons’ successor, utilizing the services of the consulting firm AGB Search, the same firm that assisted in the search that led to the hiring of President Broadie and more recently, Provost Nate Southerland.

In a statement, the College wrote, “the Vice President for Advancement and Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for executing a strategic vision that establishes and implements an annual growth strategy which encompasses major and planned gifts, annual giving, sponsorships, special events, and donor engagement. Additionally, they will cultivate key donors and prospects, while developing a robust alumni donor base.”

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