Councilor Jim Olliver


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Current Term, November 2022-November 2025
On Council Since, November 2019

-B.A. Philosophy, State University College at Buffalo, cum laude
-M.S. Higher Education - Administration, Florida State University
-Ph.D. Higher Education - Administration, Florida State University
-Dissertation Title: The Legal Status of State Aid for Nonpublic Colleges and Universities in the United States
-Post-Graduate - Institute for Education Management - four week management development program for college and university administrators, Harvard University


-Provost, Seminole Campus, St Petersburg College
-Vice President for Institutional and Program Planning, St. Petersburg Junior College
-Executive Vice President, Vice President for Administration, and Title III Coordinator, Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC
-Project Co-Director, State-National Information Network for Independent Higher Education, sponsored by the National Institute for Independent Higher Education and the State Associations of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC
-Vice President (1979-80), Acting Executive Director (1978-79) and Director of Research (1975-78), North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the North Carolina Center for Independent Higher Education, Inc., Raleigh, NC
-Assistant Director, Study of Independent Higher Education in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
-Research Assistant, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (working with former U.S. Commissioner of Education, Earl J. McGrath)

Boards/Committees/Volunteer Activities
-Member of the Planning Committee and Board of Directors of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
-Current individual member of the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce (and volunteer on Chamber committees)
-Member of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Florida
-Member, SPC Public Policy and Administration (baccalaureate program) Advisory Committee
-Past Chairman, City of Seminole Municipal Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees
-Class Coordinator, Ramsey+ Financial Peace University classes through Anona United Methodist Church
-Former Treasurer and then President and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce
-Past member/vice chair of City of Seminole Charter review committees
-Vice-Chair of the City of Seminole 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
-Chairman, Pinellas County Charter Review Commission (2015-16)

Married with 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren

Prominent Awards:
-Named a “Home Rule Hero” both years as a Seminole City Councilor
-Seminole Chamber of Commerce “Merit Award” winner, “Business of the Year” winner and named “Mr. Seminole” in recognition of long-standing exemplary service to the Seminole community
-Inducted into the SPC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa
-Full N.D.E.A. Graduate Fellowship
-Florida State Gold Key, Leadership Honor Society
-Full Regents (New York) Scholarship
-Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities