Florida College Welcomes Four New Board Members

Florida College appointed four new board members at the spring board meeting. David Roberts, Jim Smitherman, Rob Taylor and Morgan Tharp II all accepted positions on the Florida College board of directors, agreeing to serve Florida College to the best of their abilities. Each new board member brings different skills and experiences to the board of directors.

David Roberts (A.A. ’87) and his wife Angela (Carter) Roberts (A.A. ’84) both earned their associate degrees from Florida College. Their son, Stephen Roberts (A.A. ’05), also attended Florida College, and their daughter, Emily Roberts, will graduate high school in 2017. “Florida College has always been a special place for me and Angie, and we were thrilled when our son decided to attend in 2003,” David said. David is currently serving as a program engineering manager at Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has 25 years in project management, market analysis, and bid and proposal experience in the defense industry and commercial automotive industry. David and Angie are charter members of the Florida College Society, active members of the Indiana Booster Club and actively involved with the Florida College Ohio Camp. David also serves as an elder at the Brownsburg Church of Christ.

Jim Smitherman and his wife, Tammy Smitherman, first became affiliated with Florida College when they served as counselors at Florida College Missouri Camp for eight years. Jim and Tammy have three children, Joshua Smitherman, Joseph Smitherman (’08) and Jessica (Smitherman) Parimore (B.S. ’15). Joseph and Jessica chose to attend Florida College, and Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching first grade at Florida College Academy. Jim retired after working at Security Bank in Midland, Texas, for 33 years, including 17 years as the bank’s president and CEO. “It was a great 33 years, but I am looking forward to the next adventure,” Jim said. Jim and Tammy recently moved to Granbury, Texas, and worship with the Downtown Church of Christ.

Rob Taylor has spent his entire career in the restaurant business, and he owns three Chick-fil-A restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rob and his wife, Maureen Taylor, sent all four of their daughters to Florida College. Emily (Taylor) Velez (B.S. ’04), Kaitlin (Taylor) Lankford (B.A. ’06), Molly Taylor (B.A. ’09) and Kerri (Taylor) Mitchell (B.S. ’13) all played volleyball for Florida College and were extensively involved in the music programs. Although they didn’t attend Florida College, Rob and Maureen are thankful their daughters had the opportunity. “I feel some debt of gratitude for what Florida College has done in the lives of my daughters and in the lives of so many that have spent time here,” Rob said. “It’s my time to step up and to serve.” Rob and Maureen are lifetime members of The Hutchinson Bell and were honored with Florida College’s Friend to Youth Award in 2013.

Dr. Morgan Tharp II (’83) and his wife, Jenny (Underwood) Tharp (A.A. ’88), were both involved with the Florida College Friends while they attended Florida College. Morgan and Jenny are actively involved with Florida College Ohio Camp, and they have three daughters who have all chosen to attend Florida College. Lauren Tharp (B.A. ’15) graduated last May and is now an admissions counselor at Florida College. Jessica Tharp is a senior in the music program, and Rachel Tharp is a junior in the business administration program. Morgan and Jenny are grateful their daughters had the opportunity to experience what they did at Florida College. “I believe strongly in what Florida College offers young adults, an excellent education in a spiritual environment that does not exist anywhere else,” Morgan said. After his time at Florida College, Morgan went on to earn his doctorate degree and is now working as a radiation oncologist in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Florida College would like to thank David, Jim, Rob and Morgan for agreeing to serve on the board of directors and for their consistent support of the college’s mission.