Dec 7, 2015
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation announced on Dec. 4 that Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr, Ph.D., has been elected to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“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.”
Dr. Kerr’s term commences immediately. She joins 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, Harvey L. Massey and Richard J. Walsh.
Dr. Anne Kerr, the seventeenth president of Florida Southern College, earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from The Florida State University and a B.A. degree from Mercer University. Dr. Kerr became president of Florida Southern College in June 2004 after unanimous selection by the Board of Trustees, following more than 25 years of experience in college and university administration.
She previously served as vice president at the University of Richmond, vice president at Rollins College, and associate dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She also served as assistant dean of students at the University of Central Florida and as 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.