Bachelor of Science, Florida State University, 1956. Master of Science, Florida State University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1968.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Nova Southeastern University, 2003. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Flagler College, 2004.
Teacher Seminole County Public Schools, Longwood, Florida, 1956-1957, 58-62, Orange County Florida Public Schools, Orlando, 1957-1958. Athletic coach Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1962-1965, assistant dean men, 1965-1967, graduate fellow, 1967-1968. Superintendent of schools Rock Hill (South Carolina) School District #3, 1968-1969.
Dean of men University Central Florida, Orlando, 1969-1971. President Flagler College, St. Augustine, 1971-2001, chancellor, since 2001. Member District 20 Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, since 2004, chair state university and private colleges appropriations committee, education policy council, health care regulation policy council, joint legislation budget commission.
Consultant on higher education policy Heritage Foundation, Washington, since 1983, Florida Board Education, 2001-2003, State Board Education, 2003-2004. Member Commission on Colleges, Southern Association Colleges and Schools, 1995-2000. Director Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
Vice-chairman Florida Education Standards Commission, 1995-2001. Board directors Penney Retirement Community, chairman, 1991-2004. Board directors Vicar's Landing Retirement Community, chairman, 1992-1995, board, 1990-1996.
Trustee, chairman Florida School for Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, 1984-2001. Advisory council Salvation Army, St. Johns County. Development council First Coast Work Force, 1998-2001.
Member Business/Higher Education Partnership, 2000-2001. Chairman Communities in Schools, St. Johns County, Florida, 2002-2004. Member American Association President of Indiana Colleges, State History Association, Indiana Colleges and Universities of Florida (legislation chairman 1974-1977, vice chairman 1976-1977, chairman 1978-1979, Liberty Bell award 2003), Rotary (president 1978-1979, board governors district 697 1988-1989).
Married Pamela Evans Duke. Children: Samuel Matthews (deceased), Priscilla Nottingham.