Rick Maxey

Assistant Vice President, Board Operations and Economic Development

Rick Maxey brings more than 25 years of experience working in Florida government to his job as the primary liaison and University representative with state lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Maxey held a similar post as Executive Director for Government Relations for the state of Florida. He acted as the lead legislative and executive advocate for the State University System of Florida from 2005-2011. He later became Director of Government Relations at Florida LambdaRail, a fiber optic company serving educational and research entities in Florida.

Maxey also served for more than a decade in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in various capacities that included Senior Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Agency Liaison to the Florida Cabinet and Bureau Chief of Training. As the Bureau Chief of Training, he regulated instruction for more than 72,000 law enforcement, corrections and correctional probation officers in Florida. He also served as Bureau Chief of Training for the Florida Department of Corrections, where he was responsible for the professional development of 25,000 employees in Florida’s prison system.

Maxey holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Troy State University in Alabama. His areas of skills and expertise cover legislative relations, policy analysis and campaigns. The father of two grown daughters, he and his wife reside in the Lakeland area.