October 19, 2022
Tallahassee Community College has inducted six new members into the Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame. The Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame was created to recognize alumni and friends of Tallahassee Community College for their professional achievements, service to society, and support of the College. Each year, nominations are sought from the entire community. As of today, more than 175 members have been inducted into the Hall of Fame – a testament to the talent and character of those who walk through TCC’s doors.
Class of 2022 Inductees are:
- Michael Campbell (‘85) – After graduating from TCC, Mike earned a degree at Florida State University. Today, he serves as the Chief Business and Industry Liaison for FSU’s Office of Research. Prior to his current position, Mike served nine years at the Jim Moran Institute as the Director of North Florida Operations and was responsible for the Institute’s expansion into Jacksonville in 2016. He has an extensive history of community involvement and leadership.
- Kimberly Kelling Engstrom – Kim is the Director of Content and Community Partnerships at WFSU Public Media, overseeing all content development for television, radio, and digital platforms as well as on-the-ground community engagement and education projects. She also produces a weekly series called Voices that Inspire, featuring a diverse array of individuals who are making a difference in our community. Kim uses her platform at WFSU to work with a variety of non-profits across our community, creating partnerships that help further a student’s education. She is a past president of the TCC Foundation Board of Directors.
- Randy Hanna – Randy serves as the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of Florida State University Panama City. Under his administration, the university has created five new degree programs at FSUPC. He previously served as Chancellor of the Florida College System and has taught graduate classes at the FSU College of Education and College of Law. He was also a professor at Tallahassee Community College.
- Alexander C. Jordan, Sr. (‘10) – After earning a degree from TCC, Alexander went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Liberty University Helm School of Government. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at FSU. He is a 21-year veteran basketball official in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
- Irvine Leonard (awarded posthumously) – After two years of retirement, Irvine became a construction/trades instructor at TCC’s Division of Workforce Development where he taught for 10 years, becoming the lead instructor for the TCC Welding Program. Irvine was instrumental in the growth of the welding program – helping to make it what it is today. He inspired and mentored his students preparing them for the world of work and creating those opportunities that were life-changing for his students
- Sally Search – Sally began her post-secondary education at a community college in Virginia before going on to earn a BA and MS in Mathematics Education and a Ph.D in Instructional systems, all from Florida State University. Her experience gave her a deep commitment to the community college mission and to the diversity of students who benefit from the faculty and resources. She began her TCC career as an adjunct in 1983. In 1987, she became a full-time faculty member doing what she loved best, teaching mathematics and success strategies to underprepared students. In 2007, she became the Dean of Academic Support Programs, and served as TCC’s Vice President for Student Affairs from 2013 until her retirement in 2016.
The Soaring Eagles award was created in 2021. Soaring Eagles are young professionals who have made significant headway within their professional fields after graduating from TCC, exhibit leadership and drive, contribute to their communities, and show promise of continued success.
2022 Soaring Eagles award recipients are:
- Kyle Frost (‘16) – Kyle received his associate degree from Tallahassee Community College before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with Minors in Communications and Computer Science from Florida State University. He currently serves as Commissioner Aide to Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch. Prior to serving with Commissioner Welch, Kyle was a professional software engineer with a career spanning nearly a decade.
- Michael Williams (‘10) – Mike lived in more than 40 homes while in the foster care system and experienced homelessness within two years of aging out. Rather than becoming a statistic, he chose to use his story to give hope and inspiration to others and to advocate and create solutions for those raised in the system. In 2020, Mike launched Dreams And Success Homes, Inc. (DASH), a social impact organization that builds SMART DREAMS HOME(S) for young adults who are aging out or have aged out of foster care.