Bruce Taylor, of Jacksonville, is the chief executive officer and chairman of Taylor Engineering, Inc. Dr. Taylor is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Florida and Mississippi. He founded Taylor Engineering in 1983 and guided the company to prominence as one of the leading coastal and water resource engineering organizations in the United States. He has served in various capacities on professional boards, councils, and committees at the state and national level including president of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, past chair UNF’s Engineering Advisory Council, member Florida Virtual Campus Board of Directors, member academic visiting committees for the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Florida, member Peer Review Committee for the Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory, and member of the Army’s Coastal Engineering Research Board. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Taylor is the recipient of a number of honors and recognitions including Honorary Alumnus of the University of North Florida, Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida, and Distinguished Alumnus of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Professionally, he is the recipient of the Florida Engineering Society’s three highest awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement, Florida Engineer of the Year, and Outstanding Service to the Profession of Engineering. In 1999 he received the nation's highest award given to a professional engineer, the National Society of Professional Engineer's Award. Dr. Taylor served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service, receiving his B.S. (with distinction) from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He subsequently earned his M.S. in Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Miami in 1971, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida in 1974. Dr. Taylor was originally appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by Governor Bush from January 7, 2003 until January 6, 2005. He was reappointed from January 7, 2005 until January 6, 2010, and again reappointed for a third term, March 10, 2010 until January 6, 2015. Dr. Taylor was elected chair of the UNF Board of Trustees January 26, 2006, and re-elected for a second term January 17, 2008. Chair Taylor was again re-elected as chair for a third term January 29, 2010.
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