JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, who represented Florida’s 4th Congressional District for 16 years and was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, its highest civilian honor, is joining the Board of Advisors for the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute.
During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Crenshaw established himself as a respected voice on defense issues and a champion for the military. He fought for key priorities for Northeast Florida and led the way to bring the Jacksonville National Cemetery to the area.
Crenshaw was also instrumental in making Naval Station Mayport the East Coast homeport for all littoral combat ships and Naval Air Station Jacksonville the East Coast home for all P-8 aircraft.
”The Institute is honored to have Ander Crenshaw join the Board of Advisors, and his extraordinary public policy experience, depth and expertise will be an invaluable contribution to the Institute and the board,” said Rick Mullaney, Director of the Institute.
Prior to working in Congress, Crenshaw worked in the private sector as an investment banker and served as Florida’s first Republican Senate president. Job creation and economic prosperity for all have been the driving forces behind his public service.
The Public Policy Institute offers four graduate degree programs in public policy and prepares its students for career opportunities in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Institute seeks to shape the future through preparing a new generation of leaders, public policy expertise and providing a neutral gathering place for public policy discussion, education and debate.
The 25-member Board of Advisors is comprised of some of Florida’s most distinguished business, civic and community leaders, including 15 CEOs from public, private and nonprofit organizations.
On Feb. 16, Crenshaw will attend the Institute’s next board meeting, which will feature special guest and keynote speaker Gwen Graham, a former congresswoman from Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.
Crenshaw will attend the Institute’s next board meeting Feb. 16 with special guest and keynote speaker Gwen Graham, former Congresswoman from Florida’s Second Congressional District.
“Jacksonville University is taking its rightful place in Florida for graduate study in public policy, and for advancing discussion of matters of importance in public policy,” said JU President Tim Cost. “Ander Crenshaw has had a distinguished career in Congress, as president of the Senate in the Florida Legislature and in the private sector as an investment banker. His depth and breadth of experience will add greatly to the mission of JU and the Public Policy Institute.”
Crenshaw is a third-generation resident of Northeast Florida. He attended Robert E. Lee High School, the University of Georgia on a basketball scholarship and later received his law degree from the University of Florida.