Eugene Pettis became the Florida Bar's first African-American president. His role at the Florida Bar, which governs nearly 100,000 attorneys, is clear evidence of his leadership for his profession. Mr. Pettis attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982 and graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1985.
Just six years after graduating law school, he was appointed as the first African-American on the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board, where he eventually served as vice-chairman. Mr. Pettis supports higher education, serving on the University of Florida Foundation’s board of directors for eight years and currently on the board of trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.