Jim and Jan Harvey were named Family of the Year for the fiscal year 2020–21 by St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485 in Lecanto. They have lived in Citrus County since 1998.
Jim has been a knight for six years at St. Scholastica Council 14485. He has held the positions of community director, program director and Deputy Grand Knight.
Jim is currently completing the past two years as Grand Knight. Jim also received the Knight of the Year Award from the council for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Jim has advanced to the patriotic fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus and is a member of Father James Hoge Assembly 1547 in Lecanto.
Jan is an active member of the Council of Catholic Women and helps the Knights with their projects at every opportunity.
Jim has been on the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce board of directors for more than 20 years. He has served two different terms as chairman of the board in 2003 and 2016. He also served on the board of directors for the Pregnancy and Family Life Center and the Architectural Control Board of the Clearview Estates HOA.
Jim is a past president of the Citrus County Economic Development Council and served on the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center board of governors for seven years.
Since moving from western New York to south Florida in 1998, he worked in college administrative positions for 34 years, with 20 years at Miami Dade College and 14 years at the College of Central Florida.
Jim’s positions included collegiate athletic director, associate dean, dean of faculty, campus president, senior vice president for administration and finance, provost and president. Jim retired in 2012 as president of the College of Central Florida.
Jan served as a teacher and faculty member at the university, college and high school levels for 25 years in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Florida. She taught a wide range of science courses, including marine biology, oceanography, physiology and anatomy.
Jan also coached and served as a faculty sponsor for many student organizations. She retired as an adjunct professor at the College of Central Florida, teaching in the health and wellness program at the Citrus campus.
Jim holds a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in higher education administration. Jan has a bachelor’s in education from Central State University and a master’s in science from Oklahoma State University.
Jim has been inducted into five national and state hall of fames, including the National Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. He has also been honored with the Florida College System Administrative Award for professional excellence.
Jim has received two national service awards and three distinguished service awards. He was honored with the O.J. Humphries Community Service Award by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and the EDC/CofC Person of the Year in 2001.
Jim and Jan just recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in March. They enjoy helping others and volunteer regularly at the Pregnancy and Family Life Center in Inverness. The board of directors of the Pregnancy and Family Life Center recently dedicated their new satellite center in Beverly Hills in their names.