Our History

  • 1961:  The first meeting of the Florida Junior College Athletic Association is held at then Manatee Community College.  Mr. Jack Natcher of then Dade Junior College is the first President. 
  • 1964:  Organization name changes to Florida Junior College Conference.  Mr. James Strawbridge, a member of the DOE staff, is selected as the first Executive Secretary of the organization, serving in a part-time role. Student Government and Student Publications become part of the organization.
  • 1967: Forensics/Speech and Debate becomes part of the organization.
  • 1970: State Student Government President R. Steve Ivey is the first student to appear before the Conference, sharing his goals for FJCSGA.
  • 1975:  Organization name changes to Florida Community College Activities Association. Mr. Rex Brumley (Broward Community College) serves as Association President. Fine Arts/Music becomes part of the organization.
  • 1976:  Dr. Roger Raepple (Tallahassee Community College) is named the first full-time Executive Director of the Association.  FCCAA offices remain in the DOE building.
  • 1978:  Ms. Roberta Stokes (Miami Dade Community College) becomes the first female Association President.
  • 1979:  Executive Committee “Steering Committee” is established and authorized to make decisions on matters between Executive Committee meetings.
  • 1980:  Dr. Milt Russos (Florida Junior College) becomes the first non-athletic individual to serve as Association President. 
  • 1982:  Brain Bowl, jointly sponsored by the DOE, becomes part of the organization.  First championship is held at Tallahassee CC. Governor Bob Graham and Education Commissioner Ralph Turlington serve as time keepers.
  • 1983:  The FCCAA Distinguished Service Award is implemented.
  • 1984:  Theatre becomes part of the organization.
  • 1989:  Executive Director Raepple retires. Ms. Laurie DeGarmo (NJCAA) becomes Executive Director.  FCCAA moves into new DOE Ralph Turlington Building. 
  • 1991:  Executive Director DeGarmo resigns. Mr. Charles Smith (FHSAA) becomes new full-time Executive Director. 
  • 1993:  The first FCCAA Hall of Fame class is inducted. FCCAA begins renting office space from then FACC.
  • 1994:  Mr. David Armstrong (Division of Community Colleges) becomes the first individual not associated with a member college to serve as Association President.
  • 1996-2009:  Five of seven Association Presidents are member College Presidents.
  • 2007:  Executive Director Charles Smith retires.  Mr. Jeb Blackburn (Tallahassee Community College) becomes new Executive Director. 
  • 2010:  Organization name changes to Florida College System Activities Association. Mr. Leonard Bruton (Palm Beach Community College) is the first Association President to serve under that name.
  • 2012:  The Executive Committee approves first full-time assistant for the Executive Director.
  • January 1, 2015: Executive Director Jeb Blackburn retires.  Ms. Kelly Warren (Florida State College at Jacksonville) becomes new Executive Director.
  • May 2018: Model United Nations becomes the newest division.