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December 16, 2015 | Press Releases

Foundation Names New Board Members

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has elected Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr, Ph.D and has reelected Richard J. “Rick” Walsh to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors. Dr. Kerr and Mr. Walsh join Chairman Gerald F. Hilbrich, Vice Chairman Herbert W. Holm, President David A. Odahowski, Corporate Secretary Matthew W. Certo and other esteemed board members Elizabeth A. Dvorak, and Harvey L. Massey.

Dr. Anne Kerr is the seventeenth president of Florida Southern College, she earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from The Florida State University and a B.A. degree from Mercer University. Dr. Kerr began as the president of Florida Southern College in June 2004 after unanimous selection by the Board of Trustees and more than 25 years of experience in college and university administration. She has served as vice president at the University of Richmond, vice president at Rollins College as well as associate dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She previously served an assistant dean of students at the University of Central Florida and an educational analyst at the office of the Board of Regents for the State of Florida. Dr. Kerr serves on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank Mid Florida, EarthLinked Technologies, Inc., Lakeland Regional Health and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Florida Council of 100. She has served on the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity Boards, as well as president of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, the Orlando Economics Club, the Southern Ballet Theatre and State of Florida Board of Dance. She has been involved with United Arts and the American Heart Association and was the founding president of the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College. Dr. Kerr was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2013. She is married to Dr. Roy Kerr and they have one son, Edward.

“The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is an exemplar of philanthropic leadership in the nation,” remarked Dr. Kerr. “I am deeply honored and profoundly grateful to the Foundation for this extraordinary opportunity to further serve the Central Florida community through the auspices of this outstanding organization.” “Dr. Kerr’s commitment to improving lives is evident through her outstanding leadership of Florida Southern College,” said David A. Odahowski, president and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. “I am confident that her passion, insight and leadership skills will serve the Foundation well for years to come.”

Richard Walsh retired in 2007 following a 25-year career with Darden Restaurants. While with Darden and its predecessor company General Mills Restaurants, he served as Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, with responsibility for media relations, government relations, the Darden Corporate Foundation, corporate and brand meetings, travel, print and digital, internal communications, community investment, investor communications and served on Darden’s Executive Committee. Today he serves as CEO of the Knob Hill Companies, a media, investments, agriculture and business strategy enterprise, assisting established and emerging businesses develop and thrive. He graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977, a Master’s Degree in 1983, the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985 and an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Science in 2014.

His current corporate board involvement includes service as a member of the board of directors for Viewpost where he serves as Chairman, Nemours Children Hospital chairing the Operations Committee, Seaside National Bank and Trust chairing the Governance Committee, LSQ Funding Group serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Strategy and ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. His community boards include Career Source Workforce of Central Florida, the UCF Foundation, Blue Orb Technologies and OneBlood where he serves as Chairman of the Board. Rick was appointed to the University of Central Florida Board of trustees in 2001 by Governor Jeb Bush, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2007-2011. In addition, he previously served as Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors, the National Employment Policy Institute, the Governor’s Task Force on Affordable Health Care, Enterprise Florida and was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida State Tourism Council.

Walsh said, “I’m pleased to serve alongside my passionate and esteemed fellow board members. The Foundation’s history of innovation, accountability and community leadership is something of which I’m proud to be a part.” “Rick’s contributions to the Foundation are immeasurable,” said David A. Odahowski. “His dedication to making Central Florida a better place to live and work inspires everyone around him.”

Dr. Kerr and Mr. Walsh’s terms begin immediately.