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ABOUT US


      Our Vision

Provide information, leadership and guidance to the Florida military community and legislature promoting a partnership between higher educational institutions and government entities to ensure a quality higher education environment

      Our Mission

The Florida Advisory Council on Military Education (FL ACME) is a member-driven organization that serves as a liaison between Department of Defense, state and federal Departments of Veteran Affairs, and Florida based institutions of higher learning to promote, support, and deliver quality educational and professional opportunities for all Florida based military affiliated personnel by providing innovative and ethical provisions for higher educational institutions, government and state entities.  FL ACME advocates and promotes delivery of meaningful higher education and provides appropriate educational resources for all Florida military affiliated adult learners.

 

Other Goals

  • Provide a forum for the discussion of current issues and planning.
  • Review the concerns and problems brought before the Council and make recommendations to the appropriate agency or entity.
  • Encourage cooperative and coordinated efforts leading to improved functioning of the Council and more efficient and effective educational programming for military personnel.

ACME, while a Florida-based organization, has members from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and surrounding states. We welcome educators and officials regardless of location as long as they share our dedication to providing educational opportunities for members our nation's armed forces and their families -- active duty, reserve/guard, or retired.

The emphasis at all ACME workshops is on the exchange of ideas and information to better serve the educational pursuits of members of the military community. ALL are welcome at ACME!


ACME Executive Board

  • Keith Davis, President
  • Aaron Hall, Vice President
  • George Colon, Treasurer
  • Steve Miciak, Secretary
  • Willie Woolford, Past President
 
Keith Davis, President

Keith joined American Public University System (APUS) in 2016, and is currently serving on the Military and Community College Outreach team.  Keith served 22 years in the Air Force as an Intelligence Specialist, Training Manager, and Professional Military Education Instructor and Commandant.  He also was assigned for 5 years as the Superintendent, Campus Relations for the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).  He then served 7 years as an Education Counselor, Education Services Officer, and Division Officer with Civil Service. Keith earned 3 AAS degrees from the CCAF, a BA degree in History from Auburn University in Montgomery and his MAED in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. He places great value on the importance of educational achievement and has devoted his professional career to assist anyone desiring to pursue and achieve higher education degrees.

Keith is married to his wife Silvia and they are both extremely proud of their three sons. Keith enjoys playing golf, college sports, and deep sea fishing.

 
Aaron Hall, Vice President

Aaron is in his fourth year as part of the Florida ACME Executive Board.  He is an Iraq War and six-year veteran of the Air Force, where he was a Security Forces and Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Craftsman.  While serving, Aaron completed his Associate degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, and upon separating from the Air Force in 2010 Aaron went on to pursue his Bachelor's in History from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Aaron credits his experience as an Active Duty student online, and a transitioning student veteran with his passion for helping fellow Service members and veterans pursue their education.  He has been with Full Sail University for six years and currently serves as the Military Relations Manager.

 

George Colon, Treasurer

Mr. George Colon currently serves as Manager, University Outreach for Grantham University.  George served in the United States Army for 23 years, earning the rank of an E8, Master Sergeant.  George holds an Associate degree in Business Management, two Bachelor’s degrees, and a Master’s Degree in Performance Improvement from Grantham University.

With over 10 years of experience as a senior manager, Mr. Colon has developed skills as a leader of not only people but also of productive and efficient work environments.  His training background includes many developmental leadership courses to include the Army’s First Sergeant Course, U.S Army’s Advance Non-Commissioned Officer training course and the Department of the Army’s Inspector General’s course.  George has been stationed at various posts in both the US and abroad.  He currently resides in Riverview, Florida.

 
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Steve Miciak, Secretary

Stephen Miciak, joined the United States Navy after an unsuccessful outing at college in 1976 in his hometown of Miami, Florida.  Throughout his 22+ years of Naval Service he continued to chip away at his goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree before he retired.  In 1998 at the ripe old age of 41 he achieved that goal.  In 1999 Steve retired as a Chief Petty Officer and relocated to Tampa Bay from Jacksonville, FL.

Since retirement from the Navy, Steve has been an OSHA safety trainer, a columnist for the Tampa Tribune, principal of a trade school, community college dean, adjunct professor, small business owner, academic advisor, and higher education community relations coordinator.  He has worked for three higher education schools: Hillsborough Community College, Keiser University and finally where he is happily employed at Troy University as the enrollment coordinator for the southern half of Florida.

An avid golfer, accomplished fisherman, successful artist, and published gardener he and his wife of 30 years reside in a tropical paradise on Davis Islands.    Steve is actively involved in the local chambers of commerce, the VFW, American Legion and has served as the chairmen of the education committee for the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Steve holds an AA from Columbia College, a BS in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

 
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Willie Woolford, Past President

After a 24-year career in the Air Force in Public Affairs, Willie Woolford began working at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska in April 2000.  Willie has had the opportunity to work in Marketing, Admissions, Strategic Initiatives and finally the Military Programs Department.  Willie is currently the Assistant Director in Military Programs working in the Premier Partnerships Division working from a home office in Tampa, FL.   He holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, two CCAF degrees – Radio Communication Technology and Public Affairs, a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Park University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.