His three-year term will begin July 1, 2007. Badger was born in Jacksonville and received his bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He returned to FAMU to receive his master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 1969. Badger was then awarded his doctorate degree in education in 1975 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Badger also served in the U.S. Army from 1957-61, where he trained in Ground Electronics Engineering. While in the Army, Badger worked at Cape Canaveral with the crew that sent up “Gordo,” the first space monkey.
After he was honorably discharged from the Army, Badger began working as a stock clerk for a Florida grocery chain. From there, he worked as a construction superintendent, and then entered the Duval County school system. He served as a teacher and counselor for many years, and eventually became the District Dean of Student Affairs for Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
Badger retired from education in 2000, but many diverse community and civic activities continued to pique his interest. Although he most recently served as a public member on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, Badger also served as co-chair for the Jacksonville Insight Visioning Process; vice-chairman for the Jacksonville Area Planning Board; member, Charter Revision Commission (three terms); and as a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator.
As one of the Foundation’s public members on the Board of Directors, Badger said he “has a unique opportunity to communicate and sell the Foundation story.” During his term, Badger said he hopes to go out into the legal community and get “people involved and become a part of the Foundation.”
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