Dr. Samuel Lamar Wright, Sr. is a native Floridian, born in Boynton Beach and has resided in Tampa since 1985. He is an honor graduate of the University of Florida College of Arts and Sciences, with a degree in Psychology and a graduate of the College of Education, with a degree in Psychological Foundations. With a zeal for knowledge, he continued his studies at the University of South Florida (USF) and earned a doctorate in Special Education Administration and Supervision in 1999.
Dr. Wright has been gainfully employed at USF for nearly 20 years. Currently, he is the Associate Dean of Student Relations and works as an adjunct professor. Formerly, he served as Director of Multicultural Admissions for 13 years, where he tremendously impacted the enrollment of ethnically and linguistically diverse students.
As a community activist, Dr. Wright is involved in numerous organizations. As a Board member with Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, he founded the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Inc., which is held in January each year. He also is actively involved in the following organizations: Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League, Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Tampa Bay Male Club, Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the advisory committee of Onyx Magazine and school boards of both Village of Excellence Academy and Walton Academy for the Performing Arts. His professional affiliations include membership in the Florida Association for Multicultural Education and the National Association for Student Personnel. He is an administrators, as well as teaching as an Adjunct Professor in Africana Studies Department at USF.
Achievement to Dr. Wright has been a way of life. Of the most notable is his election to public office in Boynton Beach as the city's first Black City Councilman in 1980. His awards are numerous but some of his most cherished are inclusion in Boynton Beach Heritage Park as an African American who made significant contributions to the City; the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League Milestone Award, and honorary membership in Florida Blue Key at UF. He is listed in many editions of the Outstanding Young Men of America, Who's Who in Black America and Great Minds in the 21st Century.
Dr. Wright is passionate about helping others; serving his community; strengthening his faith, and adventure. His travels have taken him to three countries in Africa, London, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica, Bahamas and Bermuda.
Dr. Wright is the proud father of two lovely children - Samuel Lamar, Jr. and Samaria Elizabeth.
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