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A Service Organization for Senior Professionals

About the Institute

The Institute for Senior Professionals is a College-supported independent group of substantially retired citizens who wish to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their public and private careers for the benefit of non-profit and government entities in our greater Okaloosa-Walton community.  They are “giving back” through voluntary uncompensated advisory assistance to organizations whose missions are dedicated to the public interest.


Membership in ISP is by invitation to candidates who have demonstrated understanding of the ISP mission and their preparedness to support it. ISP offers senior professionals the opportunity to work in small project teams with outstanding members of our communities, college faculty and staff to help analyze important problems and offer pro bono advice. The members of ISP meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas, review requests for assistance from government agencies and non-profits, hear task force progress and reports and listen to invited speakers from various fields on subjects of current interest.

Contact ISP

Loyal L. Weaver
Chair, ISP
(850) 678-7858

Rudy Wright
Membership Chair, ISP
(850) 496-9389

Events Coordinator
ISP Staff Assistant
(850) 729-5366

Jill Hogland
Vice Chairman, ISP

Barry Steiner
ISP Secretary

Fred Ketchem
ISP Treasurer

History & Purpose

The College established the Institute by the Board of Trustees on March 19, 1991.  ISP contributions to education, economic development, charitable causes, public welfare, and government are chronicled in the studies and reports listed in the ISP website and in the activities pursued by its various committees. It is our intent to continue to focus our attention on issues that affect our community and to bring our collective wisdom to bear on improving the quality of life.

Past Projects


  • Okaloosa County Risk Management Division Report
  • Niceville High School Choral Music Program Report


  • City of Crestview, Homelessness Project
  • Okaloosa County, Transit Project
  • Montessori Learning Center of Ft. Walton Beach, Study


  • Okaloosa County Public Works Fleet Operations Report
  • ARC of the Emerald Coast Aquatic & Education Center Budget Development Report
  • NWF State College Joint Utility Infrastructure Center of Excellence Study
  • GRACE Rides Operations & Budget Development Report
  • Beulah SMART Academy Project


  • Okaloosa County Solid Waste Management Review
  • Community Solutions Business Concept of Operations Plan
  • Okaloosa County Growth Management Department Key
  • Rhonda Coon Women’s Home Strategic Plan
  • Beulah SMART Academy Project


  • Seniors Alone Brochure and Report
  • City of DeFuniak Springs Strategic Plan
  • Heritage Museum Strategic Plan
  • Habitat for Humanity of Walton County Report
  • City of Niceville CRA Application
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office Fleet Management Report


  • Children in Crisis Branding Study
  • Heritage Museum Strategic Plan
  • Walton County TDC Study
  • Fort Walton Beach Women’s Club Strategic Plan
  • City of DeFuniak Springs Opportunities and Needs


  • City of Crestview Sports Complex Feasibility Study
  • Walton County Economic Development Alliance Strategic Plan
  • Vote Center
  • YMCA of the Emerald Coast Financial Analysis


  • Opportunity Inc. – Homeless Needs Assessment for Okaloosa and Walton County
  • Department of Children and Families Non-Profit Organization Umbrella Model
  • University of West Florida Center on Aging Veterans Needs Analysis


  • North Bay Fire District Budget Analysis
  • Walton County Budget Project
  • Fresh Start Strategic Plan
  • Okaloosa County 911 Consolidation Review


  • Charter Government Education Process
  • Sustainable Okaloosa
  • City of Valparaiso Charter Study
  • Okaloosa County “Scrub” Team Report


  • Municipal Solid Waste Study
  • Okaloosa County Fuel Optimization Study


  • Walton County Domestic Violence Work Group Study
  • Air Force Armament Museum Study
  • Walton County Local Mitigation Strategy
  • Heritage Museum Feasibility Study
  • Okaloosa County Courier Efficiency Study


  • Emerald Coast Chorus Marketing Plan
  • City of Freeport Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Analysis Report
  • Horizons of Okaloosa County Childcare Facility Feasibility Study
  • Ocean City-Wright Fire Department Study


  • OWC Nursing Program Training Procedure Review
  • City of Freeport Growth Study


  • Youth Village Business Plan
  • Prime Time Program Review
  • Okaloosa County After-Ivan Action Report
  • Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District Strategic Plan


  • Children in Crisis Business Plan
  • Heritage Museum Refined Strategic Plan
  • City of Valparaiso Public Works Review
  • Town of Cinco Bayou Comprehensive Plan Review
  • Town of Shalimar Comprehensive Plan Review


  • Children in Crisis Strategic Plan
  • Heritage Museum, Valparaiso, Mission Statement and Strategic Plan
  • Review, City of Valparaiso Public Works
  • Review Comprehensive Plans, Town of Shalimar and Town of Cinco Bayou
  • American Cancer Society Transportation Plan


  • City of Destin Performance Evaluation (Procedure and job description for City Manager; Global Management Control System)
  • Review, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance


  • Okaloosa County Judicial System, Cost of Court Cases


  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Improving Transportation Planning Process and Citizen Involvement
  • AmeriCorps of Fort Walton Beach, Sustainability Plan
  • City of Crestview, Worked with EDC in developing Enterprise Zone Application