Raised on a chicken farm in High Springs, Chuck Clemons is a fourth generation Floridian, living almost his entire life in Alachua County. The Santa Fe High School graduate is a first generation college student, earning his Associate’s Degree from Florida Gateway College and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. He worked two jobs to earn his way through college.
Clemons spent much of his career in private business as a Chartered Financial Consultant. Chuck was self-employed and worked with Koss-Olinger Financial Group for nearly 20 years assisting individuals and small businesses with their retirement, investments, and insurance planning.
Chuck served as an Alachua County Commissioner from 1996-2000. As a County Commissioner, he fought to keep taxes low by rolling back the millage rate. He was also instrumental in recruiting the Dollar General Distribution center to Alachua.
In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the State Director of USDA Rural Development overseeing a two billion dollar portfolio with operations in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency’s mission is to create economic development and improve the quality of life for those living in rural communities. Clemons lead efforts to streamline the agency, improve service, enhance program effectiveness, increase efficiency, and eliminate waste.
Clemons is currently the Vice President of Advancement and Communications for Santa Fe College, a position he has held since 2007. He has lead the campaign efforts that raised more than fifteen million dollars for scholarships and program enhancements.
Clemons served as past President of the Florida Council for Resource Development for the Florida College System and is currently a Board Member for the Florida State Fair Authority. He was also a co-Founder and Board Member of Bikers on Parade for the U.S.A., which raised over $500,000 for the American Red Cross and various veterans causes. Chuck previously served as Board Member for the North Central Florida American Red Cross, Vice Chairman of the Alachua County Library Board of Governors, Member of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, President of the Fightin’ Gators Touchdown Club, President of the Kiwanis Club of the University City, President of the Kiwanis Club Foundation, and President of the Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation.
Chuck and his wife, Jane, live in Newberry, Florida, and have four children and one grandson.