MELBOURNE, FLA. — Travis Proctor, a Florida Tech alumnus and accomplished business leader, has been elected chairman of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees.
Proctor was named to the board in 2012. He was most recently serving as vice-chairman.
Proctor earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science information systems from Florida Tech in 1998, graduating first in his class. As a sophomore in 1995, he founded Artemis IT, an information technology company that has since grown to more than 50 employees and prominence among the Space Coast’s technology sector.
Artemis IT was named 2019 Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, and it was among the top 50 second-stage companies in Florida selected as a 2020 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree in November.
Proctor succeeds outgoing chairman Robert Phebus ’74, a board member since 2011 who was elected chairman in 2017.
Board member Kenneth Revay ’82, currently secretary, will succeed Proctor as vice-chairman. Revay has served on the board since 2003. Brian Crane ’91 will succeed Revay as secretary.
The new leadership will welcome four new board members: Kirsten Dreggors, Dana S. Kilborne, Kendall T. Moore and Dave Weldon.
- Dreggors is vice president of engineering and leader for the Manned Aircraft Design (MAD) Center of Excellence (CoE) at Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous systems, aerospace structures and next-generation solutions critical to our nation’s security. In this role, she leads more than 2,600 engineers on E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Joint STARS, Airborne Laser Mine Detection System and restricted programs. She also leads the MAD CoE of nearly 5,000 employees at the Melbourne site, overseeing the continuing growth of staff and facilities. She has been with Northrop Grumman since 1997, when she was hired as a systems engineer supporting the Joint STARS program. Dreggors earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida.
- Kilborne is president and CEO of Cypress Trust Company and, since 2018, a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Her distinguished, 30-year career in banking includes her role as founder, president and CEO of Prime Bank and her service as a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Atlanta-Jacksonville Branch. Kilborne has served on the board of many community organizations including as immediate past chair, Space Coast Economic Development Commission, past chair, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, and at the Florida Bankers’ Association and Florida School of Banking. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in banking.
- Moore, a Brevard County native, is the managing partner of The Moore Law Group, PLLC and the principal of Space Coast Strategy, Inc., a lobbying, governmental relations and political consulting firm. He previously served in several capacities for Lockheed Martin in Washington, D.C., and Miami. A former member of the Rockledge City Council, Moore’s service to the community includes serving as board chairman, My Community Cares, Inc., and board member, The Children’s Hunger Project, and as past chairman of LEAD Brevard, the African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida and the Brevard County Tourist Development Council. He is a past recipient of Florida Tech’s Dr. Harvey L. Riley Bridge Builder Award. Moore received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Morehouse College and a law degree from the University of Florida.
- Weldon is a physician, U.S. Army veteran and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where from 1995 to 2008 he represented Brevard, Indian River, Osceola and portions of Polk counties. After three years in the Army Medical Corps, Weldon went into private practice from 1987 to 1994 with Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA). Following Congress, he resumed medical practice part-time and served on multiple boards, including the Space Foundation and the Astronaut Memorial Foundation. He also taught physiology and pathophysiology in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida Tech. Weldon received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and his medical degree from the accelerated 3-year medical program at University of Buffalo, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha.
“As our guiding voices and most valued advisors, Florida Tech’s trustees help our university remain the unique and respected institution it is while ensuring we are relentless in our drive for excellence and new achievements,” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. “We are deeply thankful to Mr. Phebus for his peerless leadership and look forward to building on that success with Mr. Proctor and our new officers and incoming trustees.”