Saint Leo University and Faculty Member Honored at Military Appreciation Night

March 02, 2016

More than 500 members of the Tampa Bay business and military communities recently filled TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa for the 18th annual Military Appreciation Banquet. Fifteen men and women and one business were honored for their contributions to the Tampa Bay community and service to our nation. Vincent Jackson, wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was the keynote speaker and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn offered remarks.

Saint Leo University was honored with the Business Partner of The Year. Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University, accepted the award on behalf of the university. Dr. Lennox is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general with a distinguished 35-year military career. General Lennox was also superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 2001 to 2006.

Saint Leo is an active supporter of the chamber’s military programs and military causesMilitary -apprec across the Tampa Bay area. Saint Leo University is one of the leading providers of higher education to the military, and, in 2013, Saint Leo University celebrated its 40-year anniversary of educating active duty military, veterans and families. Today, the university serves nearly 5,000 active duty and veterans who study at University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, many of which are on military basses, or online from any location. Last fall, Saint Leo was again designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Carmichael, distribution staff officer at U.S. Central Command, and an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University, received the U.S. Central Command Officer of the Year award. Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael was named Air Force Logistics Field Grade Officer of the Year after he commanded 178 airmen at three bases and conducted 14,000 missions in Afghanistan. He has previously taught Logistics Management courses at Saint Leo’s North Charleston Education Center. He also volunteers for the Wharton High School Naval Junior ROTC.

Saint Leo alumnus Joe Durkin (Class of 2006 Tampa-MacDill), spoke on behalf of the presenting sponsor, Bright House Networks.