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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Clifford Hinkle, Business Administration '71

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Clifford Hinkle
(1948 – 2015)
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Flagler Holdings Inc.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Clifford Hinkle founded Flagler Holdings Inc., a merchant banking firm in Tallahassee, serving as chairman and CEO. He also was the past CEO or president of several other successful companies and served on the boards of numerous national companies, foundations and organizations. After graduating in 1971 from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Hinkle earned a master's and a doctoral degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University.

In 2008, Hinkle was honored by the university with the Vires Torch Award, which symbolizes moral, physical and intellectual strength. A former member of the College of Business Board of Governors, he served on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees for several years, serving as chair from 1999 to 2001.

He also chaired the FSU Foundation's Investment and Nominating committees and served on its Executive Committee from 1993 to 2003, helping develop two major capital campaigns. Hinkle was a director of the Florida State University Research Foundation for more than 10 years. He also served on the board of Seminole Boosters Inc., and the Florida State Alumni Association has recognized his service and achievements with its Circle of Gold Award. He was a visiting professor at the LeRoy Collins Institute, an adjunct professor in the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and a guest lecturer in the College of Business.

As the executive director and chief investment officer for the Florida Retirement System pension funds from 1987 to 1991, Hinkle created and implemented a set of investment protection principles, more than doubling the funds under his management.

In 2014, Hinkle’s wife, Lee, who also graduated from Florida State in 1971 and served as the university’s vice president for University Relations from 2003 to 2010, paid tribute to her late husband with a generous gift to establish the Cliff Hinkle Executive Boardroom in Legacy Hall.

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