Dwayne McCay (PhD, Auburn University, 1974) became Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the Florida Institute of Technology in July 2003. He became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2011. As COO, Dr. McCay was responsible for all operating units of the university and reported directly to the president as the number two executive in the university. He became President of Florida Institute of Technology on 1 July 2016. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor in Physics and Space Sciences and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to Dr. McCay’s position at Florida Tech, he served as Vice President for Research and Information Technology for The University of Tennessee System where he was responsible for oversight of statewide UT research and information technology (IT) and the UT-Battelle management contract for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Dr. McCay was previously at The University of Tennessee Space Institute, where he served as Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Engineering Science and Program Chair of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and was chosen in a national search in 1993 as the chief executive officer for the campus.
Prior to joining The University of Tennessee in 1986, he served in several organizations: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (senior engineer, branch chief, division chief), the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (senior research physical scientist) and ARO, Inc. (research engineer).
He has taught as an adjunct professor at several universities (Auburn University, California State at Fresno, University of Alabama at Huntsville) and has over 100 technical publications to his credit including two books. In addition, he has been awarded sixteen patents (two of which have resulted in spin-off companies) and served as a reviewer for several journals. He was associate editor for the Journal of Propulsion and Power from 1991-1993.
While in both Florida and Tennessee, Dr. McCay has served on numerous economic development boards and chaired the Tennessee Valley Aerospace Region board, as well as serving as chairman of The University of Tennessee Research Corporation board, the intellectual property agent for The University of Tennessee. In 2009, he was appointed by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to serve on the Education and Outreach Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.pe your paragraph here.
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Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Beth Kenkel is a Professor and Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has led the college's undergraduate and graduate psychology and liberal arts programs since 2001. For the past 25 years, she has served in many leadership positions in higher education administration and in the field of professional psychology. Before coming to Florida Tech, Dr. Kenkel held senior academic administrative roles at the California School of Professional Psychology(CSPP), including serving as chancellor of the Fresno campus. She was editor of the American Psychological Association(APA)journal Professional Psychology: Research & Practice and recently was appointed editor-in-chief of a new APA journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is a Distinguished Practitioner and member of the National Academies of Practice.
At Florida Tech, Dr. Kenkel has advanced the College by establishing a number of new academic and service programs, including new majors in forensic psychology, prelaw, and music; and by refocusing and expanding graduate programs in applied behavior analysis, global strategic communication, and international industrial-organizational psychology.
Dr. Kenkel led the efforts to establish the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech in 2009, and has been instrumental in fostering its growth and wide community support.
Dr. Kenkel’s research interests include primary care psychology, competency-based training in professional psychology, and telehealth. Much of her research has focused on finding effective ways of bringing behavioral health services and education to new populations through innovative programs and community participation and determining the societal, policy, and broader human resource issues affecting psychology.
Dr. Kenkel received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University (Ohio), in 1978. She currently serves on the boards of Circle of Care and Brevard Drop In Center in Melbourne.
T. Kent Smith previously served as the President and COO of Revolution Technologies. Before that time he acted as President and CEO of TeamStaff, Inc., a public micro-cap focused in the healthcare staffing industry. Mr. Smith joined Team Staff in 2003 and was assigned to turnaround and eventually sell what was then a $170 million business services outsourcing conglomerate. Positions held also include President of the Honey Baked Ham Company, and the CEO of the Heavenly Ham Company from 1998 to 2003.
Mr. Smith’s previous staffing experience included 11 years at the Norrell Corporation, a $1.4 billion commercial staffing firm that is now merged with Interim to form Spherion. He was a member of the senior executive team that grew the company from $300 million to $1.4 billion, including direct involvement in taking Norrell public in 1994. Through his career, Mr. Smith has held a variety of roles including Franchise Sales and Director of Finance, Franchise Division; Vice President of Finance & Strategic Planning; Vice President of Service Operations; CIO; and finally, Senior Vice President of Service Operations for the 350 and 450 client sites. Mr. Smith founded Norrell Financial Staffing, and also authored the IT Staffing roll-up.
Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from The University of Virginia. He is currently on the Florida Institute of Technology Business School Advisory Board. He previously sat on the board of the University of Virginia Nursing School and was an Executive in Residence at the Georgia State University Business School. He was also appointed to the Hampden-Sydney College Parents Council and the Substance Education Task Force by President Christopher B. Howard.
Mr. Smith has been married to his wife, Mary for 35 years,. The two enjoy ballroom dancing, and are both becoming beginning bird watchers in their garden in the NC mountains as well as learning to identify Shore birds here in Florida. The Smith's are members of the Brevard Zoo's Jaguar Society, and active in supporting the Brevard Rescue Mission. Mr. Smith is an avid golfer, and enjoys golf with his two grown children.
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Melissa Parker came to the area through the military when her father was transferred to Patrick Airforce Base in 1987. A graduate from Satellite High School, she later obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse and worked in the acute care settings at Homes Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital specializing in Orthopedics, Neurology and Trauma, until the birth of her son. She is now President and Founder of Precision Screening, Inc., an employment and tenant background screening and verification service provider.
Mrs. Parker's true passion is her family, friends and community. She is active with organizations such as The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, The Brevard Zoo, The Brevard Rescue Mission and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Along with her husband, Ted, she formed The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, where she is instrumental in planning and facilitating the .education, sports and arts programs and uniting families with resources in the community.
Mrs. Parker combines her experience as a Registered Nurse with that of a parent of a child with Autism, to be an Advocate for children and families touched by Autism, and to educate on the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Her goal is to give every child the opportunity to explore arts and sports as avenues to build friendships, skills and self confidence, to help build support networks and resources for families and to inform the public on understanding the needs and special qualities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities.
Mrs. Parker currently holds the title of Mrs. Southeast International 2017, using the platform to further her efforts on autism awareness and building happy, healthy families. She looks forward to competing for the title of Mrs. International in Charleston, WV in August 2017 and expanding support for families on a national and international level.
Ted Parker is Founder and CEO of Revolution Technologies. Mr. Parker has more than two decades of experience in solutions, contracting, and staffing. He is responsible for Revolution’s overall vision and direction, and remains very active in the day-to-day operations with a high focus on client development and supply chain.
Under Parker’s leadership Revolution has become one of the ten fastest-growing staffing firms. This growth has included the development of Revolution’s new corporate headquarters and national recruitment center that holds over 100 recruiters, and the expansion of their branch locations which currently offers 18 offices nationally. These offices service over 100 of the Fortune 1000, and Federal, State and Local government entities.
Mr. Parker has established three other entities: Revolution Investment, Inc., a real estate and leasing entity; Revolution Capital, Inc., a financial holding institution for multiple business ventures, and Revtech Properties, LLC., a real estate and property management organization.
Mr. Parker graduated from the University of Central Florida and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. He participated in collegiate athletics during his educational career, and was a dual-varsity athlete. He remains active with the University through the Alumni Association and the Golden Knights Clubs.
Mr. Parker strongly believes in giving back to his community financially, and by volunteering his time. He is actively involved in charitable organizations such as the Scott Center for Autism, where he is a member of the advisory board. In addition Mr. Parker is actively involved with The Florida Institute of Technology, University of Central Florida, The Woman’s Center, The Down Syndrome Guild, The Daily Bread, Junior Achievement, Brevard Rescue Mission, Candlelighters, and with his wife Melissa recently formed The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development.
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