The mission of FFMT is:
The late Florida Senator George Kirkpatrick championed and established the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program and the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. to counteract disturbing trends
in teacher diversity. The MTES program was designed in the Florida legislature to increase the number of minority teachers in the state to reflect the diversity of the state’s student population more accurately.
Senator Kirkpatrick served as a member of the Florida Senate from 1980-2000, representing Gainesville and the communities that surround Alachua County.
Dr. Roderick McDavis served as the former Dean of the College of Education at the University of Florida and worked alongside Senator Kirkpatrick in establishing the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship and the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. He has held various academic and administrative positions at the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ohio University.
Dr. McDavis served as chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, The Interlink Alliance, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Academics. He also was a member of the NCAA Board of Governors, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, and the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board. Dr. McDavis was the first African American president of Ohio University and only the second alumnus to lead the university during its 214-year history