Outstanding Alumni Award

The St. Petersburg College Alumni Association annually presents this award to honor alumni who, through their accomplishments, have made meaningful contributions to their professions and their communities. They are persons who exemplify how best to use and develop the education they gained at SPC and who, as a result, are outstanding representatives among our alumni.

2016 Oustanding Alumn - U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis


United States Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R) attended St. Petersburg Junior College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in 1989.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Bilirakis served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives ( 1998-2006) where he won bipartisan acclaim for his leadership efforts to make communities safer; improve transportation, reform government, recognize veterans and expand community health centers. As a young state legislator his leadership and determination became quickly apparent when he sponsored the bill that would expand SPJC into a four-year institution-the first community college in the state to make the transition.

He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term representing Florida's 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

As a young boy Gus learned the importance of public service from his father Michael Bilirakis, who represented Florida's Ninth Congressional District from 1983 to 2006.The elder Bilirakis also instilled in his son a pride in the family's Greek heritage, which Gus proudly carries today

During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bilirakis has been selected for numerous leadership and committees posts, including the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee, of which he is Vice Chair.  He also serves as Chair of the Veterans' Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance. He continues to be recognized for his bi-partisan approach to resolving issues and has made veteran's affairs, controlling government spending, creating jobs for middle class Americans, finding ways for government to operate smaller and smarter, his top priorities. He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to health care and ensuring the viability of Social Security and Medicare.

Congressman Bilirakis and his wife have four sons and reside in Palm Harbor.   In his spare time, he teaches government classes at St. Petersburg College.



Past Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

1984 - Michael M. Bennett     
1985 - Charles J. Kaniss
1986 - Virginia Roush d'Albert-Lake
        - Mr. William Emerson
1987 - James Russell     
1988 - Paul H. Roney     
1989 - Ralph T. Heath

1990 - Joseph H. Lang     
1991 - Michael Robson (awarded posthumously)
1992 - William C. Cramer     
1993 - Elizabeth Kovachevich     
1994 - Douglas Jamerson
1994 - Wendell Ware      
1995 - Tom Herndon     
1996 - Samuel T. Durrance     
1997 - Sandra B. Mortham     
1998 - Beverly B. Bennett
1999 - James E. King Jr.


2000 - Edward Turville    
2001 - Joseph G. Donahey Jr.
2001 - Alfred T. "Al" May    
2002 - Everett S. Rice
2003 - Dennis Kellenberger    
2004 - Dr. S. Earle    
2005 - Bob Carroll Jr.    
2006 - Walton Dutcher Jr.    
2007 - The Hon. Susan F. Schaeffer
2008 - Jim Sirmons
2009 - E. Ann McGee
2010 – Nicole Stott
2012 - Helen Krauss Leslie
2013 - Ed Hooper
2014 - Helen W. Gilbart
2015 - Anthony Holloway
2016 - US Congressman Gus Bilirakis



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