Dr. Joe Beckham
Joe Beckham has been Florida State’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the ACC and the NCAA since 2006. In the role of FAR, he chairs the University’s Athletic Board, serves on ACC and NCAA governance committees and reports to the University President and the Faculty Senate on matters related to Intercollegiate Athletics.
Throughout his career, Beckham has maintained a commitment to education law and policy. After receiving his J.D. degree in 1969, he was employed as administrative counsel to Connecticut Lt. Governor Peter Cashman and assisted in the development of programs for youthful offenders that spanned the Connecticut departments of education, corrections, and higher education. After completing his Ph.D in 1977 he accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania on the staff of the Higher Education Finance Research Institute.
Dr. Beckham joined FSU’s graduate program in higher education administration in 1980 and specializes in education law, policy and finance. He has chaired the department of Educational leadership and Policy Studies on three separate occasions during his tenure. In addition to his appointment to a number of state and national boards representing educators and attorneys, he was the president of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education in 1991 and was awarded the McGhehey Award for contributions to the field of education law in 1996. Florida State University awarded him the Ross Oglesby Award for service to FSU in 1999 and he was named Allan Tucker Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2001. His publication list is extensive and he is a member of several editorial boards, including the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Education and the editorial advisory committee of West’s Education Law Reporter.
In addition to his work in the field of education law, Dr. Beckham is an advocate for recreational greenways and programs for young people. His leadership was instrumental in the development of Florida’s first trail greenway, the St. Marks Trail, which has become a successful pilot program for the development of other recreational greenways in Florida. He has served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Greenways and Trails and on the Board of the Big Bend Boys and Girls Clubs.