Named in Honor of
Florida Southern College Professor
(July 3, 2001) A scholarship has been named in honor of Florida
professor William E. Gregory by the Imperial Polk Chapter of the
American Advertising Federation (AAF). The William E. Gregory Scholarship
will award $1,000 three times a year to junior or senior college
level communication majors who reside or attend school in Polk County.
teaches advertising and public relations at Florida Southern, is
president of the Gregory
Group, an advertising firm in Winter Haven, Fla., and was recently
named the governor of the 4th District AAF, which covers all of
Florida and the Caribbean. Gregory has worked for years on the local
and national level in different aspects of public service. He served
as national public service chair for AAF and is actively involved
with AIDS prevention and education through the national and 4th
District AAF public service initiatives.
the best jobs in the world," Gregory said of his roles in advertising,
teaching, and community
service. "Advertising pays my bills and public service feeds
president of the Imperial Polk chapter of AAF, said the group wanted
to show their
appreciation to Gregory for his outstanding service to the local
community. "Usually scholarships are
named for someone after he dies. We wanted Bill to know now how
much we appreciate his work," she
received many local, district, and national awards, including Ad
Man of the Year in 1986 and 1989. He has been named to Who's Who
in American Advertising and Who's Who in American
Education. He received the American Advertising Silver Medal in
June 1995 and the Jack Phillipps Gold
Medal Award for the 4th District in June 1996.
AAF Past-Governor James Titcomb has known Gregory for over 15 years.
"I consider Bill to represent the heart and soul of this organization,"
said Titcomb. "He exemplifies the balance and
renaissance of industry, community public service, creativity, teaching,
caring, effective advocacy, and
strong yet gentle leadership. Bill will take us far and leave the
organization in great shape for the future
leaders of the 4th District AAF."
The AAF is a
national network of nearly 50,000 advertising industry professionals
that protects and
supports the well-being of advertising. The AAF educates its members
on the latest trends in technology, creativity, and marketing, performs
public service initiatives for the betterment of the community,
and promotes excellence in advertising.
Florida Southern is a private, four-year, 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.