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Our History

Leadership Jacksonville was formed in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate the growth of leadership in our community.

Under the guidance of the late Frederick H. Schultz, the organization’s first President, Leadership Jacksonville was formed with the interest and financial support of the Junior League of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI)

Leadership Jacksonville graduated its first class in 1977 consisting of 29 members.

Youth Leadership Jacksonville conducted its first class in 1990, consisting of 40 high school juniors from 31 area schools.

New Leadership Summit was first held in 2003.

Collegiate Leadership Experience graduated its first class in 2005.

Jacksonville Legacy Series first aired in 2012 with the video of Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne.

Hall of Fame

Leadership Jacksonville Past Presidents

  • 1978 – The Honorable Frederick Schultz *
  • 1979 – Albert Ernest
  • 1980 – W.O. Birchfield*
  • 1981 – Robert Schellenberg*
  • 1982 – Frank Surface
  • 1983 – Douglas Milne
  • 1984 – Courtenay Wilson
  • 1985 – John G. McGiffin, III *
  • 1986 – W.A. McGriff, III*
  • 1987 – Julie Buckingham
  • 1988 – James Rinaman
  • 1989 – J.F. Bryan, IV
  • 1990 – Kenneth Eilermann *
  • 1991 – William Brinton
  • 1992 – Espie Patrinely
  • 1993 – A. Quinton White
  • 1994 – Alton Yates
  • 1995 – Don Padgett
  • 1996 – Carlton Jones
  • 1997 – Carol Spalding
  • 1998 – Joanne Sawyer*
  • 1999 – Wade Barnes, M.D.
  • 2000 – Peggy Bryan
  • 2001 – Barbara Darby
  • 2002 – David Robertson*
  • 2003 – Barbara J. Drake
  • 2004 – Madeline Scales-Taylor
  • 2005 – Michael J. Shalley
  • 2006 – Linda Larkin Smith *
  • 2007 – John Bottaro
  • 2008 – Sandra C. Ramsey
  • 2009 – Ben Bishop
  • 2010 – Steve Canty
  • 2011 – Nancy Kilgo
  • 2012 – Jerry Mallot
  • 2013 – Justin Terry
  • 2014 – Stephen Goldman
  • 2015 – Deborah Moore
  • 2016 – Charles Hedrick
  • 2017 – Karen Mayfield

Celebration Honorees

  • 1996 – LJ 20th – Mayor John Delaney, Sheriff Nat Glover
  • 1997 – Jane Condon, Gertrude Peele *, The Honorable Frederick H. Schultz *
  • 1998 – J.F. and Peggy Bryan
  • 1999 – Director Emeritus Eleanor Ashby*
  • 2000 – Ann Baker *, Robert Shircliff
  • 2001 – Carlton Jones, Dinah Kossoff, Richard Sisisky
  • 2002 – The Honorable Tillie Fowler *, Adam Herbert, Howard Serkin
  • 2003 – Walt Bussells, Barbara Darby, Doug Milne
  • 2004 – Eleanor Gay, Jim McCollum, Audrey McKibbin Moran
  • 2005 – The Honorable Martha Barrett, Leerie Jenkins, Alton Yates
  • 2006 – LJ 30th – Bill Scheu, Ju’Coby Pittman-Peele, Hugh Greene
  • 2007 – Robert Helms *, Peter Rummell, Madeline Scales-Taylor
  • 2008 – Barbara J. Drake, Noah Henderson, Teala Milton
  • 2010 – Henri Landwirth, Suzanne Montgomery, Ph.D.
  • 2011 – MaliVai Washington, A. Quinton White Jr., Ph.D.
  • 2012 – William O. Birchfield, Preston H. Haskell
  • 2013 – Gary Chartrand, Deborah Gianoulis Heald, John Peyton
  • 2014 – Toni Crawford, William C. Mason, Ed.D., Isabelle Owen Spence
  • 2015 – M.C. “Ceree” Harden III, Connie S. Hodges, Cleve Edward Warren
  • 2016 – LJ 40th – Jerry Mallot, Nina Waters
  • 2017 – Tim Cost, David Stein

The Frederick H. Schultz Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2009 – The Honorable Frederick H. Schultz *
  • 2012 – Gertrude H. Peele *

Distinguished Leadership Award

  • 1989 – Bruce Doueck
  • 1990 – Scott Skjordahl and Bill Etheredge
  • 1991 – Ed Hayes
  • 1992 – Carol Spalding
  • 1993 – Espie Patrinely
  • 1994 – Noah Henderson
  • 1995 – The Honorable Nat Glover
  • 1996 – The Honorable John Delaney
  • 1997 – John Ross
  • 1998 – Suzanne Montgomery, Ph.D.
  • 1999 – Barbara Drake
  • 2000 – Peggy Bryan
  • 2001 – Dinah Kossoff
  • 2002 – Robert Mitchell
  • 2003 – Jill Dame
  • 2004 – The Honorable Fredrick Schultz *

Tillie K. Fowler Distinguished Leadership Award

  • 2005 – Courtenay S. Wilson
  • 2006 – Toni Crawford

Jacksonville Legacy Series Subjects

  • 2012 – Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne
  • 2012 – Alton W. Yates
  • 2012 – The Honorable Frederick H. Schultz* (previously filmed)
  • 2013 – Robert T. Shircliff
  • 2013 – Delores Barr Weaver
  • 2014 – The Honorable Jake Godbold
*Deceased

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Leadership Jacksonville provides an opportune venue to groom and enhance community leadership to embrace development, collaboration and evaluation of our community up close and personal with essential hands-on results.
- Ju’Coby Pittman-Peele LJ’ 93