Today, the University of West Florida Board of Trustees welcomed its newest trustees, Adrianne Collins, Dr. David Ramsey and Kishane Patel, at its quarterly meeting.
Collins serves as vice president for power delivery at Gulf Power Company, where she provides leadership and direction to 550-plus members of the Power Delivery team that includes distribution, transmission, safety and training and supply chain management. She began her career at Southern Company in 1998 as a distribution engineer at Gulf Power and has since served in several engineering and leadership roles there and at Georgia Power.
“UWF has a very special place in my heart,” Collins said. “I attended UWF in the mid-90s for four years through a partnership between the UWF College of Engineering and the University of Florida and received a degree in electrical engineering. Serving on the Board of Trustees is a way I can give back personally and professionally to the University and our community. I’m excited about the future of the University and its long-term impact on our community and economy.”
In the community, Collins serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida and is a member of IMPACT 100, Gulf Breeze Will Do and Junior League. She earned an associate degree from UWF and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UF.
Ramsey, associate professor of government and Faculty Senate president, serves as the faculty representative for the Board. Ramsey teaches constitutional law and political philosophy for the UWF Department of Government. His first book, “Antitrust and the Supreme Court,” examines the Supreme Court’s role in balancing the contentions of the political branches, the business community, enforcement agencies and advocates of various schools of economic thought. He is currently working on preparing a digital edition of the papers of Roger B. Taney, fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1836 to 1864, who authored several consequential opinions that played an important role in developing American law. This will be the first scholarly edition of Taney’s papers to be published in print or digital format.
Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in government and English from Berry College, a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College and a doctorate in political science from Baylor University.
“I am humbled and deeply honored that my colleagues on the Faculty Senate selected me to serve as their president for the next two years,” Ramsey said. “I promise to work tirelessly to ensure timely and effective communication in hopes that we can continue to draw together the talents of students, faculty, staff, administration and external stakeholders. I look forward to working with Chairman O’Sullivan and the rest of the Board of Trustees to both safeguard and enhance the academic mission of our University.”
Patel, president of the UWF Student Government Association, represents the student body on the Board. Patel is a senior political science major with a criminal justice minor and currently serves as chair of Florida Student Association in addition to his role as SGA president. As chair of the Florida Student Association, Patel serves as the student representative and voting member of the Florida State University System’s Board of Governors. At the University, he has focused on improving the student experience by finding creative solutions to complex problems with the resources at hand. Prior to being elected the student body president of UWF SGA, Patel served as the student body vice president and chief of staff.