Message from the guardian Board CHAIR
Mark Dawkins serves on the Board of Guardian Catholic School and in his own words does so as a way of giving back to his community where he grew up on the northside of Jacksonville. Mark attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School from kindergarten through 8th grade then continued to Bishop Kenny High School.
He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech. He holds an MBA and accounting masters degree from the University of Florida and a PhD in accounting from Florida State University. Dr. Dawkins recently was named as the first African American President of the American Accounting Association. His career experience includes serving as Associate Professor and Associate Dean for academic programs and director of diversity relations at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Most recently, he served for a five-year term as the Dean of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. He continues to serve on the faculty at UNF. Mark is one of seven boys in his family. His dad was a medical physician and his mom, a retired nurse. They believed that a great education made all the difference in the opportunities each of their children would have. His brothers are all professionals in the fields of law, medicine and business.
Mark is married to Janyce, and they have a son finishing his residency near Tampa as an internal medicine physician and a daughter who is a nurse at the nationally acclaimed Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Mark Dawkins brings his expertise to the Guardian Board in so many ways, serving on the Finance Committee, as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and leading a speaker’s bureau series for Guardian’s middle school students.
We are blessed by his commitment to Guardian Catholic School and his great work for our community.
The Guardian music program recently received a big boost thanks to The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation. The nearly $16,000 gift brings a host of percussion instruments as well as new keyboards and xylophones.
“There are so many amazing things Guardian Catholic School is trying to accomplish and given our foundation focus on specific projects, this is a perfect match,” said Tabitha Furyk. “Learning to read music truly gives these students an opportunity to grow their future and being able to give them these instruments and watch this program grow will be amazing. We’re glad to be part of it.
”The Furyks were moved to action upon learning of the desire to expand the Guardian music program, a goal of the school’s new music teacher, Winston Timmons. Much of The Furyk Foundation’s gift went toward efforts of establishing a drumline. Tabitha Furyk paid a visit to Mr. Timmons’ music class on September 14, during which students performed exercises on the new glockenspiels and drums funded by the Foundation. Tabitha spoke with the young students about her own time playing the French horn during high school and the importance of music education.
“Having a drum line at Guardian will further round out our program, and bring so much excitement to our sporting events,” said Timmons, who joined Guardian Catholic last year after graduating from Edward Waters University where he served as drumline leader. “Helping children as young as first grade to read music and understand the fundamentals often fuels a lifelong passion for music. I’m excited to start my own traditions at Guardian including a band program; my vision is to get more and more kids to learn about music.”
“On behalf of the Guardian Catholic School Board of Directors, we wish to thank The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation for their tremendous support for Guardian’s music program,” said Jane Lanier, Board Chair. “Because of Tabitha and Jim’s generosity, our students have many new musical instruments, and they are learning to read music — even our second graders! Quality educational opportunities like this found at Guardian give every child an opportunity to succeed. The Furyks’ tireless work for children, particularly the most vulnerable, is recognized and appreciated by all of us at Guardian.
”A group of a dozen Guardian student ambassadors was also invited to attend the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS golf tournament on Friday, October 7. The students, most of whom had never visited a golf course before, had a great time watching the players and learning about the sport. The tournament, now in its second year, raises funds for local charities in the Jacksonville community.