Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Commissioner William “Bill” Proctor will keynote Florida A&M University’s

Leon County Commissioner William “Bill” Proctor will keynote Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Martin Luther King (MLK) Convocation at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, January 14, in Gaither Gym. The general public is invited to attend.
The program will feature the FAMU concert choir and a special rendition of King’s “I Have a Dream” that will be performed by James Moran, development officer for the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical. FAMU President James H. Ammons will also present MLK leadership awards to Althemese Barnes and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Commissioner Proctor was elected to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners in 1996 and represents the citizens of Leon County in District 1. He served as chairman of the Board in 2006. His priorities as the District 1 Commissioner are affordable housing, quality healthcare and education. He has served on several community advisory boards and has received numerous awards and recognitions for public service.
Commissioner Proctor is an associate minister at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Tallahassee, Fla., where he entered the ministry in 1985. He served as a pastor in the AME church for nine years. Currently, he is a political science instructor at FAMU. He is the advisor to the College Democrats student organization and mentors numerous students.
As county commissioner, his accomplishments include the widening of Crawfordville Road (US Hwy 319 South), the widening of Orange Avenue, the building of the B.L. Perry Branch Public Library and the Southside Richardson-Lewis Health Center.
Commissioner Proctor’s professional political career began as a staff assistant to United States Senator Bob Graham of Florida. He also served as a special assistant to Governor Lawton Chiles before winning a special election to the Leon County Commission in 1996. He has won three subsequent reelections.
Commissioner Proctor chaired the 50th Anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott in 2006.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University School of Communications and a juris doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law. He furthered his studies at Boston University School of Theology, the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. and Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.

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