Categorized | Breaking News

Leadership Jacksonville Announces First Video Airing of the Jacksonville Legacy Series

Fran Kinne to be featured on WJCT on Nov. 15

Leadership Jacksonville announces the first airing of a video from its Jacksonville Legacy Series, an ongoing video series showcasing some of the region’s most prominent leaders who positively impact the First Coast community. The video, which will air on WJCT at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, features Jacksonville University Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, the first woman to serve as a university president in Florida. A special screening of the film was held at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership on Nov. 1, which was proclaimed as Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne Day in Jacksonville by Mayor Alvin Brown.

Produced by Lindsey Films, the video offers a unique and personal glimpse into Kinne’s personal and professional life. Kinne is known for her warmth, sharp mind, sense of humor and wealth of international friendships. She began her career at Jacksonville University as an assistant professor of humanities in 1959. In 1994, Kinne was named Chancellor Emeritus. She holds five honorary doctorates along with a bachelor and master’s degrees in music education from Drake University in Iowa. Recognized as a role model for female leaders, Kinne was the first woman to be elected president of the International Council of Fine Arts and was the first woman president of the Jacksonville Downtown Rotary Club.

“We are honored and pleased that Fran is featured in our first publicly aired video of the Jacksonville Legacy Series,” said Isabelle Owen Spence, executive director of Leadership Jacksonville. “Her influence through her work at JU, her far-reaching friendships with city leaders and international figures and her wonderful humorous stories make for an entertaining presentation that we hope reaches and inspires many people in the community.”

Leadership Jacksonville is currently seeking funding and support for the Jacksonville Legacy Series, which is currently supported through fundraising initiatives led by Leadership Jacksonville. With additional funding, Leadership Jacksonville hopes to continue the series to include several videos a year and showcase them throughout the community, including broadcasts on WJCT, on its website, and on the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership website.

“We are working hard right now to receive grants and funding to continue the series so future generations can see and hear the stories of those leaders, from mayors to community activists to business leaders, who have helped shape and continue to shape our city,” said Spence.

To learn more about the project or to donate funds, call Isabelle Owen Spence at (904) 396-6263. More information about Leadership Jacksonville is available at


About Leadership Jacksonville

Leadership Jacksonville was established in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate growth of leadership in the Northeast Florida community. The mission of Leadership Jacksonville is to develop youth and adult leaders who will assume greater responsibility as community trustees and improve the quality of life for self, family and community. Leadership Jacksonville currently has four major programs: the Leadership Jacksonville Program; New Leadership Summit; Youth Leadership Jacksonville Program; and the Collegiate Leadership Experience.

To learn more about Leadership Jacksonville and its programs, visit or call (904) 396-6263.

Leave a Reply