August 2015 Update

August 2015

Spotlight: Board Member Steven J. Uhlfelder

Council Board Member Steven J. Uhlfelder is a lawyer who specializes in public and administrative law, and has received the highest lawyer rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has represented many of the nation’s largest corporations, including ABC News, American Express, General Electric, Kaplan, Pearson, Tenet Healthcare, and UPS. He is a legislative consultant for the Florida Press Association. Florida Trend magazine named him one of Florida’s 150 most influential citizens. Uhlfelder received the National Points of Light Award, one of the most prestigious national honors for community and public service. He was selected by Tallahassee Magazine as one of Tallahassee’s most distinguished citizens.

Steve Uhlfelder has been nominated to the Children and Youth Cabinet by Governors Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. Governor Scott also invited him to serve on the board of Volunteer Florida. In 2001, he was appointed to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President George Bush; he was elected chair in 2003. Governor Jeb Bush selected him to serve on both the Florida Board of Governors for the State University System and the Board of Trustees for Florida State University. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Board of Regents, of which he was elected chair. He was a member of the University of Florida Law School’s Board of Trustees. Uhlfelder has served as a member of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, as general counsel for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and as special counsel to Governor Reubin Askew. He was the executive director of the state’s first mandated Constitution Revision Commission. Governor Bob Graham appointed him to the First District Court of Appeals Selection Commission where he was elected Chair. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Southern Regional Education Board.

Uhlfelder is a former chair of the ABA’s Committee on Election Law. Uhlfelder was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Steve Uhlfelder’s work with state and local charitable organizations has been widely recognized. Governor Jeb Bush named him volunteer CEO of the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund in 2004; the fund successfully raised more than $23.5 million. He currently co-chairs Florida Campus Compact, a statewide organization that promotes service on Florida college campuses. In 1999 Uhlfelder was named by then Governor Jeb Bush to chair the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative, an effort that has recruited more than 200,000 volunteers to work with Florida’s at-risk children. For the past 25 years, Uhlfelder has been a volunteer and mentor in at-risk schools in Leon County. He is a board member of the Challenger Learning Center. He was vice-chair of the Tallahassee Chamber’s Board of Directors.

As chairman of the Florida Children’s Coalition, he led the successful effort to obtain $23 million for the initial funding of the state’s pre-K program. Kids Inc presented him its Outstanding Child Advocate Award. Uhlfelder was recognized by the Tallahassee Democrat as Volunteer of the Year. The US Olympic Committee chose him to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Tallahassee. Florida A&M University presented him with a Special Recognition Award for his service to the university. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce awarded him one of its highest honors for his lifetime of community service. The Boys and Girls Club gave him the Starfish Award for outstanding years of service.

The Council is grateful to Mr. Uhlfelder for his legislative and policy guidance in support of our Leadership Initiatives.

PASS© and Executive PASS©
Statewide Sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. and Raymond James Financial

  • The Florida Legislature has again funded PASS for the 2015-2016 school year in the amount of $508,983. These funds will be used to match privately funded models to improve student achievement. Five models will be funded throughout the state. Plans are underway to continue the extremely successful Executive PASS program in Pinellas County. One example of the successful partnerships was the one between Meadowlawn Middle and Humana. The partners decided to create a pre/post school intramural fitness and wellness program for students.
  • On June 18th, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Council President and Executive Director Dr. Elaine Liftin welcomed participating Executive PASS principals and business partners to the Hyatt Regency for the annual networking session. Participants were delighted to share their successful strategies. Projects included a Shakespeare presentation at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, and incentives and rewards being provided to John E. Ford K – 8 School by JAXUSA Chamber.
  • Former Village Academy Assistant Principal LaToya Dixon has been promoted to Principal of the school. She held a “Meet and Greet” with parents and members of the community on July 23rd. Her goal is to "build firm relationships with students, teachers/staff, families, and community stakeholders in order to increase student achievement."

Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award

The application for the 2015 Leonard Miller Principal of the Year Award is now online at Any current principal who has ever participated in a Council program is eligible to apply. The only criteria is having been a principal for at least three years. The annual award is given to a principal who has utilized business partnerships to improve student achievement. The winner receives $10,000 for personal use and two runners up each receive $5,000.

Special Thanks To:

  • Raymond James Financial for their donation of $30,000 to support the PASS and Executive PASS programs statewide.
  • The Soffer Family for their generous gift of $100,000 to support all Council for Educational Change programs.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Institutes

The Council will again partner with the Florida Department of Education and the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership for the 2015 – 2016 Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Institutes. The Department has chosen participants for the year-long job embedded program. The program consists of three institutes and five school site “learning walks.” The institutes are intended to increase the instructional knowledge and leadership skill of the participants. Carnival Foundation, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities are generous sponsors of the Council’s Leadership Programs.

A printable version of the Update is available for download below.

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Columba Bush* • Charles E. Cobb Jr.* • Scott A. Curtis*
Diane Davis • Edward W. Easton* • Dorothy Eisenberg • T. Willard Fair* • Edward T. Foote, II*
Karen Fryd • Karnardo Garnett, Esq. • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Steven T. Halverson* • Lori R. Hartglass
Cyrus M. Jollivette* • Jonathan I. Kislak • Joseph E. Mahoney, Jr. • Daniel W. Mahurin* • Gene E. Marshall
Brad Martin • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Fred Pezeshkan • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder • Scott Ulvi • Steven Wasserman
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Dr. Paul Zimmerman    *Life Trustees
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