C. Jeffery McInnis, Class of 1980

1991 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Jeff McInnis is a former member of the OWCC Board of Trustees, a successful attorney with the law firm of Anchors, Foster, and McInnis, and was the originator of the college's year-long 25th Anniversary observance held in 1989.   After receiving his A.A. degree in 1980, Mcinnis transferred to Florida State University and was awarded his B.S. degree in 1982. While at Florida State he was on the Dean's List and a member of the Florida State Insurance Society, Rho Epsilon Real Estate Society, and Sigma Chi fraternity.

After graduating from FSU, he attended Stetson University, earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984. As a superior student, he was awarded an academic scholarship in 1983 and, in 1984 was awarded the Florida Bar Y.L.S. Judicial Clerk Scholarship. He continued his tradition of public service at Stetson as Student Bar Association President, member of the Legislative Council, founding editor of "The Stetson Brief" and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

He is past president of the Niceville-Valparaiso Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, served as liaison to the OWCC Foundation, is a member of the Okaloosa County Fine Arts and Humanities Council and is a member of the Krew of Bowlegs, Fort Walton Beach.

He is currently serving as attorney to the Okaloosa County School Board and the town of Cinco Bayou, and is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association.

Jeff's strong desire to be of public service to those around him had its roots at Okaloosa-Walton Community College. During his years at OW, he was president of the Student Government Association and also received the Florida Blue Key Community College Leadership Award. His leadership, community spirit and involvement, and his genuine likability make Jeff McInnis an excellent choice for the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award.

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