The Florida City and County Management Association presented
Lawther with the President's Award during its 2017 awards ceremony
at the Hilton Orlando. This award is bestowed annually by the
leader of FCCMA in honor of those who have served and supported
city and county management.
FCCMA president Bobby Green, one of Lawther's former students,
awarded his former teacher because of his reputation and expertise
in the field of public administration as well as for his many years
of service to more than 3,000 students at UCF.
"My first class at UCF as an undergraduate in 1986 was
Introduction to Public Administration with Dr. Lawther as the
instructor," Green said in a release. "I always found his classes
and lectures to be cutting edge and very informative. Many of his
former students have served, or continue to serve, in all levels of
government, including several members of the FCCMA."
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