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1967 to 1976

The alumni you will meet here are trailblazers—the first to attend classes at UWF. Students who took a chance with a new institution during a time of great turmoil for our country. North Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive and support for the Vietnam War was waning. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy happened within months of 58 students walking across the commencement stage to become the University’s first graduating class in June 1968.


Pamela Bowen Schwartz ’68, ’78

Retired Teacher/K-12 Gifted Coordinator for Escambia County School District


Robert “Sandy” Sansing ’69

Owner, Sandy Sansing Dealerships


Ginny Glynn Barr ’70

Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa/Walton Counties Inc.


Augusta Simon ’70

Retired Professor, Cornell University


Marny Gilluly ’71

Vice Grand Chancellor (Administration), The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem


Martha Haynie ’73

Retired Comptroller, Orange County, Florida


Mort O’Sullivan ’73

Managing Member, Warren Averett, LLC | Chair, UWF Board of Trustees


Dick Appleyard ’74, ’75

President, Appleyard Agency

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James Buchli ’75

Operations and Utilization Manager for Space Station, Boeing Defense and Space Group

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Ron Jackson ’76

Shareholder, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland and Gund Certified Public Accountants and Consultants


Steve Riggs ’76

Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

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Michael Smith ’77

Global Claims Officer at Chubb