Chester Spellman, Americorps Director
Southeastern University alumnus, Chester Spellman, was appointed by the White House as the director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Called to Serve
“I believe there is no greater calling than the calling to serve. I am deeply honored to be appointed by the White House and thrilled for the opportunity to lead AmeriCorps at the national level,” said Spellman. “National and community service changes lives every day, and I look forward to working with the team at the Corporation for National and Community Service to strengthen communities across the U.S.”
Spellman will lead AmeriCorps and its network of governor-appointed State Service Commissions and grantee organizations. Each year AmeriCorps engages 80,000 members across the nation to solve local problems, expand economic opportunity, strengthen the nonprofit sector, and provide workforce skills and educational opportunities for those who serve.
Spellman graduated from Southeastern in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries. In 2015, Southeastern’s Alumni Association presented him with the Outstanding Service Award (pictured above).
“Chester was a stellar student and other students looked up to him. He is a very upstanding young man who is solid in his faith. I hold great respect for him,” said Dr. Bill Hackett, provost of Southeastern.
Making a Difference
Following graduation, Spellman went on to work in public service in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, at a community-based nonprofit organization called Project SOS. He served with the organization for almost a decade as the chief operating officer.
In 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Spellman as the chief executive officer of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, known as Volunteer Florida. In this role, Spellman oversaw more than $32 million annually in federal, state and local funds supporting AmeriCorps and statewide volunteer programs to meet critical needs in Florida’s communities. He also led the statewide coordination for volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
“It has been an extraordinary honor to serve the State of Florida in Governor Scott’s administration for omore than six years,” said Spellman.
“Florida is proud to be home of many great volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others. I appreciate Chester’s leadership at Volunteer Florida and wish him the best of luck as he continues to build on his commitment to serving families and communities,” said Governor Rick Scott.
Spellman serves in a number of volunteer leadership roles, including as the national chair of the American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC). He is the founder of and previously served as dean of the Awesome Foundation in Tallahassee. In 2016, Spellman was honored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida with its Young Floridian Award.
Spellman and his family will relocate to Washington, D.C. His last day at Volunteer Florida will be August 25, 2017.