Flagler College adds four new Trustees; Two long-serving members retire

Flagler College has added four new members to its Board of Trustees, including two alumni and a former U.S. ambassador. Long-serving members Judge Howell Melton and W.W. Gay also resigned from the board and were named Trustees Emeriti.

Melton served on the board since 1971, and was chairman from 1998 to 2000. He is a former St. Johns County Circuit Court Judge and a U.S. District Court Judge. Gay has been a member of the board since 1999, and he is the founder and chief executive officer of W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor in Jacksonville.

New Board Members

Viki West Freeman, a 1974 graduate who has spent the last 30 years in community service and fundraising activities in the Atlanta area. She serves as a vice chair on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, where she co-chaired the first Federation Campaign for young adults, served as Women’s Division chair and then president of the Women’s Division.

Dr. Doris Guidi, who recently retired as provost of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Guidi has been honored as Professor Emeritus at Long Island University. In the St. Augustine community she served as a trustee for the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a research institution of the University of Florida.

Ambassador John D. Rood
is the chairman of The Vestcor Companies Inc. and JDR Companies Inc. He began his real estate career in 1983 as founder of The Vestcor Companies. In September of 2004, President George W. Bush appointed him as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas where he served until 2007.

Bob Strang, a 1979 graduate who is the CEO of Investigative Management Group in New York City, one of the world’s leading corporate investigative specialists. After graduating from Flagler, Strang began his law enforcement career with the FBI, and then as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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