Reubin O'D. Askew, a former governor, prosecuting attorney, legislator, federal commission chairman and Cabinet-level U.S. trade ambassador, wears a new hat these days -- that of professor in the State University System of Florida.
In recognition of his service, a school and an institute at two of the 10 SUS institutions will be named in his honor.
Florida State President Sandy D'Alemberte announced April 22 that the FSU School of Public Administration and Policy will be named for Askew.
"This is a first for Florida State," D'Alemberte said. "Our faculty and university administrators have concurred that Governor Reubin Askew is the ideal statesman to be honored by this naming, with the added historical significance that this is the first FSU school or college to bear the name of an individual -- and a proud name it is for all of Florida."
Askew, D'Alemberte said, was among the first graduates of the school now to be known as the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.
The University of Florida, where Askew earned his law degree, will establish the Askew Institute on Politics and Society, designed to bring together leaders in government, business, education, agriculture and the media to address critical issues of the day. The UF institute will work closely with the Collins Center for Public Policy at FSU and the UF Center for Governmental Responsibility in helping state leaders make informed decisions for the well-being of the citizens of the state.
"It is particularly fitting that Governor Askew, who addressed such critical issues as education, the environment and civil rights during his eight years in the governor's office, returns to our campuses to further the discussion of the issues shaping Florida's future," said UF President John Lombardi. Askew will convene forums of the institute in Gainesville regularly.
SUS Chancellor Charles Reed said, "Governor Askew is a valuable resource for our state universities, teaching on a number of our campuses, providing service and education for our students."
Askew serves as a senior fellow to the Florida Institute of Government, which has its headquarters in Tallahassee.
Since 1990, Askew has taught on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University in Broward County, where he is a tenured full professor, a Distinguished Service Professor and was selected by the students as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year for the FAU College of Urban and Public Affairs this year.
Next fall, as part of his regular assignments at FAU and the Institute of Government, Askew will teach a graduate course in public administration and policy at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, then return to FAU for the 1995 spring semester. He also taught several semesters at Florida International University in Miami, beginning in 1989 as a visiting professor.
During the 1995-96 academic year, Askew will join the faculty of the FSU school which will bear his name. He then will divide his time between teaching at FSU and other universities and his ongoing work with the Florida Institute of Government in Tallahassee.
"I am deeply moved by these honors, especially because they came from faculty at both of my alma maters," Askew said. "I am also delighted and excited to be coming back as a faculty member to FSU, which has always held a very special place in my heart."
Lance deHaven-Smith, a professor and Askew colleague in the FAU School of Public Administration and director of the FAU Institute of Government and the Social Science Research Laboratory, will join the FSU faculty next fall and will continue his work as associate director of the Florida Institute of Government.
Reubin O'Donovan Askew, 65, was governor of Florida from 1971 to 1979, and served in the Florida Legislature from 1958 to 1970. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from FSU, where he was student government president, and a law degree from UF in 1956.
In 1988, Askew was selected as FSU's Most Outstanding Alumnus of the Century by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. In 1992, he was named a fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration. He holds honorary doctorates from FSU, UF, Notre Dame, the University of Miami and 10 other universities.