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William Grant Mitchell

William Grant Mitchell, American broadcasting executive. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross, Air medal with four clusters European Theatre of Operations.; recipient award National Farm Film Foundation, 1958, Pioneer award Michigan Public Broadcasting, 1997; Whitehead fellow Emory University, 1940-1942; Title VI, National Education Act. grantee, 1966-1968; Annenberg/Center Public Broadcasting grantee, 1983.


  • Mitchell, William Grant was born on March 1, 1921 in Social Circle, Georgia, United States. Son of William Grant and Eunice Inez (Williams) Mitchell.

  • Education

    • Student, West Georgia College, 1940. AB, Emory University, 1942. Master of Arts, University Florida, 1956.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1970.


    • Editor Georgia Experiment Station, 1951-1952. Television specialist Florida Agricultural Extension Service, 1952-1962. Assistant dean radio and television Florida Institute Continuing University Studies, Gainesville, 1962-1965.

      Director learning resources Northern Michigan University, general manager WNMR, WNPB, Marquette, 1965-1974. Director instructional services, general manager WUSF-television-FM, WSFP-television-FM, University South Florida, Tampa, 1974-1986. Free-lance writer, photographer, since 1985.

      Board directors Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., Tallahassee, 1977-1986, vice-chairman, 1979-1982, chairman, 1982-1985.


    • Columnist (weekly column) Villa Rican newspaper, since 1993. Contributor articles to professional journals, magazines and newspapers.


    The diversity of religious expressions is guaranteed by the separation of church and state. However, church and state should interact in different social and political fields for the benefit of the whole society.

    Party affiliation: methodist.


    The objective people wish to attain is not merely to be saved from something. God wishes his children to be saved to something.

    Denomination: Methodist


    One may feel driven by urges such as anger, lust or greed. If anybody is willing to be open to the Holy Spirit, God helps to resist evil and to live life to the full.


    Cub pack leader, troop committee member Boy Scouts American, 1958-1964. Served with United States Air Force, 1943-1945. Member National Association Educational television, Association Educational Communications and Technology, National Association State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Southern Educational Communications Association (director 1974-1986), Tampa Educational Cable Consortium, Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Carroll County Gem and Mineral Society (secretary), Carroll County Genealogical Society, Sigma Delta Chi, Phi Delta Kappa.


    • Married Mary Sue Sims, June 27, 1944. Children: Patricia Alice DeWitt, John William.
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    • 1940
      West Georgia College
    • 1942
      Emory University
    • 1956
      University Florida
    • 1970
      Michigan State University
    • 1951 - 1952
      Editor Georgia Experiment Station
    • 1952 - 1962
      television specialist, Florida Agricultural Extension Service
    • 1962 - 1965
      assistant, dean radio and television Florida Institute Continuing University Studies
      Gainesville, Georgia, United States
    • 1965 - 1974
      director, WNMR
      Marquette, Michigan, United States
    • 1965 - 1974
      general manager, WNMR
      Marquette, Michigan, United States
    • 1974 - 1986
      director, WUSF-television-FM
      Tampa, Florida, United States
    • 1974 - 1986
      general manager, WUSF-television-FM
      Tampa, Florida, United States
    • 1985
      free-lance writer
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