UWF BEI Board of Directors

UWF President Martha Saunders and UWF BEI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Steve Cunningham thank the Business Enterprise, Inc. Board of Directors for their dedicated service to the University of West Florida. Sharing your time and expertise to help UWF grow and prosper is very much appreciated.


UWF BEI Meetings

UWF BEI Notices, Agendas and Minutes.

UWF BEI Meetings

UWF BEI Policies

UWF BEI Policies

UWF BEI Supporting Documents

UWF BEI Supporting Documents

Dave Cleveland

  • UWF BEI Chairperson

Dave Cleveland received degrees from the University of Texas and Florida State University. He began his hotel career in 1975 and later was the co-founder of Highpointe Hotel Corporation. His experience with local organizations is vast and he is a board member and past president of the University of West Florida Foundation.

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C. Ray Jones

  • UWF BEI Vice Chairperson
  • Retired Navy Officer and Business Owner

Ray Jones is a native of Rockingham, North Carolina. Following graduation from the University of North Carolina, he received a commission in the U.S. Navy through NROTC and completed Supply Corps School.

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Susan O'Connor

  • UWF BEI Secretary

Susan O’Connor graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and began her career as a Certified Public Accountant. For the last 29 years, she has been a business owner as a franchisee with McDonald’s as the president of O’Connor Management Group.

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Ed Ranelli

  • UWF BEI Treasurer
  • Senior Advisor & Consultant to the UWF President

Dr. Edward Ranelli is a professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of West Florida College of Business.

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Lacey Collier

  • UWF BEI Member
  • U.S. District Court Judge

Judge Lacey A. Collier was born in Demopolis, Alabama, in June 1935 – the son of Dr. and Mrs. James P. Collier, M.D. After graduating from Saint Bernard High School in Cullman, Alabama, he studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Alabama.

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Chula King

  • UWF BEI Member

Dr. Chula King is a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance and a frequent researcher of issues involving technology.

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Jerry Maygarden

  • UWF BEI Member

The Honorable Jerry Maygarden holds degrees from Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. He is a retired business leader with a long and distinguished career in public service and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Kishane Patel

Kishane Patel

  • UWF BEI Member
  • UWF SGA Student Body President

Kishane Patel, a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice, is from Pensacola, Florida. During his time at the University of West Florida he has focused his involvement and leadership on campus around the idea of improving the student experience.

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Martha Saunders

Martha Saunders

  • UWF BEI Member
  • President, University of West Florida

Dr. Martha D. Saunders began as the sixth president of the University of West Florida on January 1, 2017.

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Steven Cunningham

  • UWF BEI Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steven Cunningham serves as Chief Executive Officer of Business Enterprises, Inc.

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