April 19, 2015

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Trendsetters: Today and Beyond

High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond -- but whose biggest contributions may be yet to come. The governors also make their picks.

Mike Vogel | 9/1/2008

Governor’s Choice
Joe O’Shea

Florida Trend asked Gov. Claude Kirk to write about a Floridian who’ll change the state in the coming years.

Joe O’Shea
Joe O’Shea
» Joe O’Shea, a native of Dunedin, is a graduate of Florida State University, where he double-majored in philosophy and social science and served as the FSU student body president. A Rhodes and Truman Scholar with a 4.0 GPA, Joe was named one of the top 10 male undergraduates in the country by USA Today.

Joe lost both of his parents during college but remained active with initiatives ranging from founding a free health clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans that sees thousands of patients a year to building a technical school in Rwanda. He has been involved with the campaign to provide healthcare to Leon County’s working families and co-founded a group for international service-based student exchanges. He is working in Washington, D.C., to create the U.S. Public Service Academy, the first civilian counterpart to the military academies.

Joe will study toward a doctorate in social policy at the University of Oxford under the Rhodes Scholarship. His plans include a career in the public sector working on some of society’s most persistent social problems. His interests include family, politics, sports and the outdoors.”

— Gov. Claude Kirk (1967-1971)

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