2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Bill Mills, Jr., School of Communication
Bill Mills, Jr. has served more than 50 years in advertising, marketing and management in the financial services industry. Before founding The William Mills Agency in 1977, he was vice president of marketing at the John H. Harland Company. He has served as director of advertising for Equifax and as advertising manager for Citizens & Southern National Bank. Bill earned his degree in advertising from FSU College of Business.

Eloise B. Mills, School of Communication
Eloise Mills has served The William Mills Agency since its inception. She supervises media planning, buying and negotiation services. She also oversees all accounting, payroll and billing functions. Her 30 years of experience include stints at Grizzard Advertising and Fred Worrill Advertising. She graduated cum laude from FSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Dr. Bill Williams , School of Communication Science & Disorders
Dr. Bill Williams is director of and a professor at the University of Florida Craniofacial Center in Gainesville, Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a recipient of the Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Clinical Achievement Award and is past president of the Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Dr. Williams’ areas of clinical interests include radiography, endoscopy, oral sensation-perception and oral motor disorders associated with craniofacial malformations. He has published extensively on the topic of communicative disorders associated with craniofacial malformations.

He is the principal investigator of two international NIDCR grants in cooperation with the University of Sáo Paulo, Bauru, Brazil, investigating speech outcome measures for different palatal surgeries.

Warrick Dunn, School of Library & Information Studies
Warrick Dunn is as well known for his philanthropic endeavors as he is for his success as a professional football player. The Warrick Dunn Foundation, established in 2002, is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. Warrick started Homes for the Holidays, a program of the Foundation, in 1997 during his rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The program is a tribute to his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer, who as a single-mother of six, worked tirelessly to achieve the American dream of owning her own home. While working a second job as a security guard, she was killed in the line of duty and was never able to realize that dream.

Through Homes for the Holidays, Warrick has been able to honor her memory. In 2007 Homes for the Holidays expanded to include single-fathers. To date, the program has assisted 91 single parents and 246 children and dependents to achieve first-time home ownership in Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.