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Meet Board Member: Community Service Chair - Walter W. Manley II

Updated: Jan 6

Joined: 1992

Category: Author, Nonfiction

Sponsor: Mel Pope III

Paul Harris Fellow +8

Joined: 1992

Category: Author, NonfictionSponsor: Mel Pope III

Paul Harris Fellow +8

Professor Walter W. Manley II earned business and law degrees at Harvard and Duke (president of student body), respectively. An award-winning teacher, he received seven teaching excellence awards at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and FSU. Selected as "The Outstanding Educator in America" by The Highest Effort Foundation, he was praised by FSU Business School Dean Mel Stith and late LSU Business School Dean Tom Clark as the outstanding teacher in the college of business.

Walter was a partner in the original owners‘ group of the Orlando Magic NBA team and the Orlando Sun Rays Double A baseball team and a partner in two state-wide law firms. An accomplished author with five well-reviewed books, his two-volume history of the Supreme Court of Florida was praised by academic journals as the best state supreme court history ever written.

Walter graduated from The Webb School (1870) and is the 23rd inductee in its Distinguished Alumni Society. He excelled in academics and sports: Webb's AD ranked him as "the most outstanding basketball player of the '60s" and he was offered a basketball scholarship by Stanford and football scholarship by Virginia. Walter votes for 24 major college football, basketball (men's and women's), and baseball awards and several All-America teams.

Walter has served as chairman or president of 16 philanthropic organizations. He was selected for his judicial circuit's 1985 Florida Bar Pro Bono award and is a former chairman or president of the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation (Able Trust), Lakeland Bar Association, Biletnikoff Award, and Polk County Legal Aid Society; and director or trustee of numerous other orgs, including Consumer Council of Florida, Workforce Florida, Enterprise Florida, Florida Real Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association, Webb School Board of Trustees, Duke University Board of Visitors, the National College Football Awards Association, Museum of Florida History, Lawton Chiles Library, and various Harvard boards. 

A Rotarian for 45 years, Walter's hobbies include upland bird, duck, and skeet shooting (5 Dixie Classic championships), growing roses & fly fishing. He holds FAA ratings in power planes, hot air balloons, and sailplanes (gliders). He and son Ben, have climbed/hiked in each of the lower 48 states' 51 national parks. He is a member of SAE, ODK, Psi Chi, Phi Delta Phi, and Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club.

His wife Linda is a renowned ASID and LEED AP designer and has received a record four historic preservation awards and a National Green Building Council platinum award in Jacksonville. Daughter Marjorie is an honors graduate of Pinecrest School and Duke. Son Ben, the most decorated scout (Eagle at 12, all 121 merit badges, and 15 palms) in Florida history, was a highly recruited tennis player (Rice), graduated summa cum laude from Leon, entered Duke on an academic scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude, before studies at Harvard (International Relations), and a master's degree in Government from Johns Hopkins, summa cum laude. (Read Walter’s Full Bio Here)


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