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Willie H. McCloud





Willie McCloud received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University in   Los Angeles, California. He has a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg , Florida, certified as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Master of Arts Degree in Management and Business Administration from Webster University. A doctoral management candidate at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

McCloud served in the military for 20 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army Corp of Engineers. He was appointed as the Army�s Chief Engineer for Maintenance on power generation, rail, and marine equipment---the highest ranking warrant officer position in the army.  His leadership responsibilities has included serving as Chief Operating Officer over 11 years for ATC and National Express Corporation, which was the largest transit management company in North America, and was headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois. 

McCloud served as General Manager Operations for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit in Tampa , Florida . He also served as Deputy General Manager and Director of the Central Facility for Metro Transit Agency in St. Louis, Missouri, and was Director of Administration and Maintenance for Bell Technical; a division of Textron Corporation in Granite City, Illinois. He currently the Senior Vice-President of Veolia Transportation, which is a leading operator of multiple modes of transportation in North America , including bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle and taxi services. Veolia Transportation is a division of Veolia Environment; an international corporation headquartered in Paris , France with locations in 68 countries, 320,000 employees, with annual revenue of $48 billion.

McCloud serves on numerous boards. He is presently Vice-Chairman of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority�s Citizens� Advisory Committee. He is a member of St. Petersburg College Alumni Board of Directors and is President of the Gibbs Junior College Alumni Association. He is an Advisory Board member at the internationally acclaimed National Center for Transportation Research at the University of South Florida . He is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and served as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Transportation Braintrust.

McCloud was selected by the American Public Transportation Association as Outstanding Business Member and Executive of the Year in 2003. He was selected as Corporate Executive of the Year by the Minority Purchasing Council for the state of Nevada , and was selected by the City of Tampa, Florida and the Police Athletic League as Citizen of the Year. Bill has been featured in national publications such as Ebony, Jet, and Black Enterprise magazines and is listed in the National Register of Who�s Who of Executives and Professionals, which is archived at the National Library of Congress in Washington , D.C. Bill has four adult sons and he resides in Odessa , Florida with his wife.



1st Vice President




Position to be filled 



Josephine Smith
Acting 1st Vice President & Secretary


Gibbs Junior College 1962-1964
AA Business Services 1964
Career Path:
1964-1966  - Business Office - Gibbs Junior College
1966-1968 - Office Clerk - Florida Power Corporation
1969-1991 - Administrative Assistant - St. Petersburg Junior College
1991-2003 - Executive Staff Assistant - St. Petersburg College
2003-Present - Administrative Assistant (Pastor, 10th Street Church of God)
2003 - St. Petersburg College (34 years of service)
10th Street Church of God
National Secretaries Association
Florida Association of Community College
Florida Retired Educators Association
National Women of the Church of God
Walter J. Smith (deceased)
4 children (Jacqueline, Cynthia, Todd, Jeffrey)
Barbara Brown-Norris
Corresponding Secretary



Helen T. Callier


  Attended USF for more than a year--majored in  Business Administration

Veteran's Administration, SP Beach (Clerk-Typist); General Electric, Administrative Secretary, Pinellas Park; Gibbs Junior College/St. Petersburg Junior College, Administrative Secretary--St. Petersburg & Pinellas Park; George's Pools, Inc., Office Manager; Pools by George of Pinellas County, Inc., Secretary/Field Manager, St. Petersburg. Widow with five children. 

A member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Ebony Scholars Program, National Swimming Pool Institute, Women Growth Institute, Growth In Faith, Inc., GJC Assn., Inc. and Southside Tabernacle Baptist Church, St. Pete, FL

Secretary of the Year, IAAP, SP Chapter--Outstanding Service Awards from each group.



Carolyn Macon Parliamentarian


  Graduated FAMU in 1967 with a degree in Elementary Education; Masters in Reading in 1973 from FAMU.
Received a Certification in Administration for K-12, from the University of South Florida

After graduation, taught one year at Dunbar Elementary in Tampa Florida. She spent two years in the Washington DC school system before returning to Pinellas County. Upon returning to Pinellas County Mrs. Macon began teaching at Mildred Helms Elementary for the next 19 years. In 1984 she became the Curriculum Research teacher with Title 1 for Largo Elementary and Mildred Helms Elementary until retiring on June 9, 2000.

Widowed with 2 daughters. Member of Phi Delta Kappa, retired teachers Association and St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.

Dr. Walter Smith
Past President



For Dr. Smith, History is an avocation. At age 23, the high school drop-out-turned educator earned a General Education Development (GED) Diploma so that he could enroll at all-Black Gibbs Junior College . After receiving his Associates Degree from Gibbs, Smith received his BA and Masters Degrees from FAMU in Tallahassee , FL and his PH.D. from Florida State University in 1974.

He is an accomplished educator who returned to FAMU as its Seventh President eleven years after receiving his M.A. in 1966. While President, Smith presided over $40 million of capital construction, increased the number of schools and colleges from 7 to 11. This included the establishment of new academic programs in allied health, architecture, engineering and general studies. He spearheaded the development of FAMU's first PH. D. program (in pharmaceutical sciences). He has served as a community college Provost, President, Dean and Collegium Director. On the international scene, Smith was a Senior  Fulbright Scholar to the University of Malawi, in Central Africa; was a coach of a National Championship basketball team at Chancellors College, Zomba, Malawi; was international team leader for higher education in the Republic of South Africa; and built the first American style Community College in that country. Smith served as a U.S. Monitor for the 1994 Democratic election in South Africa . More recently, he worked with the government of the West African country of Senegal in determining where to establish five regional universities in that country. 

A significant consequence of the research and writing resulting in the publication of The Magnificent Twelve: Florida's Black Junior Colleges, is the commemorative reclamation of the twelve two year colleges. Following the presentation to the Florida State Board of Community Colleges, by Smith, the board passed a resolution recommending that each of the existing community colleges which merged with a Black Junior College should erect a permanent marker and/or dedicate a structure/campus in honor of the educational contributions of the black junior colleges. U.S. Congresswoman Carrie Meek and the U.S. Congressman Pete Peterson had the reclamation, honoring these institutions and their Founding Presidents, entered into the Congressional Records. The Florida State Board of Education issued a Resolution in their honor.

Dr. Smith is a native of Tampa, FL, who grew up in Cairo, Georgia, Harlem and New York City. He is the son of Eva and Rubin Reynolds, who reside in Tampa, Florida. He is also the father of three sons and a daughter.


Al Thornton
President Emeritus


  Graduated from Clark University with a BA in 1963

After graduation, worked at Bernie Harris High School in Clark County School System in Athens, Georgia for two years. Returned to Pinellas County and worked for one year at Pinellas High School. Afterwards, he spent the next 33 years as an Environmental Health Specialist for Pinellas County Health Department, making him the First Black Sanitarian on the West Coast of Florida, retiring in 2002.

Married to Mattie for 42 years after meeting her in Athens GA. Four Children, six grandchildren. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Board of Directors of St. Pete Neighborhood Housing Department, Happy Workers Kindergarten (where he was a student in the 1940s) and the American Cancer Society volunteer after successfully surviving Prostate Cancer.

Teresena Wise Bryant
President Emeritus



Poised, persistent, and living a life committed to family, service, and the community, Teresena Wise Bryant is a shining example of personal accomplishment and success.

Beginning her career with the Pinellas County School Board, teaching math at 16th Street Middle School, Bryant later moved to New York City in 1964 and worked with several Government Agencies, earning more than 30 years’ experience in public administration management, planning, grantsmanship, counseling, evaluation and coordinating. Her first position was as an assistant bookkeeper with Standard Motors and later as a homebound instructor with New York City’s Children Center. In 1965, she was hired as Teach of Recreation for the NYC Board of Education/Continuing Education Division. Within six month, she was recommended and hired as director of Community Education for the Mohegan Community Center/PS 67 and the Bronx. From this point on, Terry began a steady rise with the Youth Board/Bureau/Youth Services Agency in the following positions: borough planner, executive assistant to two deputy commissioners (Field Operations and Administration/Finance), assistant to the executive director and director of Planning and assistant executive director of Contract Management. In 1987, she returned to the NYC Board of Education as the Bronx Board Members special assistant. For an impressive eighteen years, she was the campaign manager and confidential/political assistant to the late State Senator Joseph L. Galiber and managed Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson’s (the first African-American elected to the state of New York) first election campaign. She is an expert in re-districting of councilmanic, state assembly and senatorial as well as congressional lines. With experience with the New York State Senate ranking member of Finance, she retired from the New York State Senate Majority Leader's Office.

Bryant earned a master's degree in Public Administration from New York University in 1977, received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in 1963, received certification from Howard University’s Institute of Urban Affairs and Urban Studies in the summer of 1976, earned Counseling Psychology credits from Manhattan College, studied Math for two years at Gibbs Junior College and has accumulated post-graduate credits in Urban Education Supervision.



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