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FSU College of Education Alumnus Receives Single Highest Honor Given by the FSU Alumni Association

October 24, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

On Oct. 15, the FSU Alumni Association held its annual Homecoming Awards Breakfast recognizing the accomplishments of notable alumni and faculty who have secured their place in Florida State University history by pushing boundaries and redefining standards within their respective fields.

FSUCOE alumnus William “Bill” Proctor (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’68) received the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association, the Bernard F. Sliger Award!

Named for the 11th president of the Florida State University, the Bernard F. Sliger Award is the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association. This award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution toward the fulfillment of the mission of Florida State University.

A former FSU football player under Coach Tom Nugent, Dr. Proctor turned down an offer to play for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, instead becoming a high school football coach in Longwood, Florida. He returned to FSU to obtain his advanced degrees during which he also served as dean of men and as an assistant football coach under Bill Peterson.

In 1971, with a doctorate in educational leadership, he became president of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida — a position that he would hold for 30 years. Today, the library at Flagler bears his name and he continues to serve the institution as chancellor.

In 2004, Dr. Proctor was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for eight years on several important committees including Education Appropriations. He was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 alongside his wife, Pam Proctor (B.S. ‘56), in recognition of their contributions in the form of two endowed football scholarships.

In 2007, Proctor took on one more assignment for his alma mater, generously serving as FSU’s interim director of athletics.

Learn more about Dr. Proctor and watch his acceptance speech here.

View photos from the Alumni Association’s Homecoming Awards Breakfast here.

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William “Bill” Proctor (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’68) accepts the Florida State University Alumni Association’s Bernard F. Sliger Award

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