Former governor Bob
opens FSC's Florida Lecture Series
Fla. (Aug. 30, 2002) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida
History will host former governor Bob Martinez as the Center begins
its 2002-2003 Florida Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 12. "A Conversation
with Bob Martinez" will start at 7 p.m. in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"We are extremely pleased to have former Gov. Bob Martinez with
us for our opening lecture for this year's Florida Lecture Series.
Gov. Martinez's diverse experiences and contributions to our state
and nation make him an excellent choice for our 'kick off' lecture.
He is a great Floridian!" noted James M. Denham, Director of the
FSC Center for Florida History.
Martinez served from 1987 until 1991 as Florida's fortieth governor.
The second Republican governor elected since Reconstruction and
the first in Florida of Hispanic descent, Martinez was born and
reared in the Hispanic neighborhood of West Tampa. He graduated
from the University of Tampa and earned a master's degree from the
University of Illinois. Martinez started his professional career
as a teacher and was the advocate and lobbyist for Hillsborough
County teachers from 1966 to 1975. He became mayor of Tampa in 1979
and served until his run for governor in 1986. President George
Bush appointed Martinez the nation's "Drug Czar" after his term
as governor. Upon returning to Florida, he founded a business consulting
firm serving the U.S. and Latin America. He is currently associated
with the Carlton Fields law firm in Tampa.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series, produced by the Center for Florida History,
brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of
"Florida Life and Culture" from a wide range of disciplines, including
history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology,
literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an
opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body
to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and
specialists of the state's history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.