William V. Husfelt, III
Bill Husfelt was elected Superintendent of Schools in November 2008. A former high school principal with both middle and high school coaching, teaching, and administrative experience, he holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. Mr. Husfelt was the recipient of the 2004 and 2006 Florida Commissioner’s Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. Believing public education to be the backbone of our free society, he is quick to give credit to the many people who guided and helped him reach his goals. The vast majority of those he credits are educators, coaches, and school administrators. He currently serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher of the Young Married Class at Hiland Park Baptist Church and has been a director on the board of Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union since 2000. He and his wife, Theresa, have three daughters ~ Stephanie, Allison and Anna ~ who all graduated from Bay District Schools.
Elected to the Board in 2008, Jerry Register graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s degree in Supervision and Administration. He has 16 years teaching experience at all grade levels in public education. Mr. Register was Principal of the Year in 1998 and served as an elementary school administrator for 14 years. He is owner of Painting with Principal Jerry Register, Inc. Throughout his career, he has served and is currently active in numerous civic, educational, youth and church organizations. He emphasizes his philosophy ~ “Children are our most valuable commodity. So, their interests should be at the center of every decision made by the School Board.” His best personal advice is, “The key to success is personal integrity and hard work!” Mr. Register is married to the former Mavis Faye Moseley. They are parents of two adult sons, Grant and Mark.
District 1 includes Bay Haven Charter Academy, Hiland Park Elementary School, Lynn Haven Elementary School, A. Crawford Mosley High School, Mowat Middle School, New Horizons Learning Center and Tom P. Haney Technical Center.
Brenda Ruthven has lived in Panama City since 1972. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Elementary Education. She worked for the Bay District Schools: Cove Elementary, Cherry Street Elementary and Northside Elementary for thirty years and St. Johns County Schools for two years as a teacher in grades K-5. Upon retiring she went to work for a national learning company. She has trained teachers throughout the United States in reading, math and science programs for the past eleven years. She has a deep seeded love for children, their education and how we can make it better.
She is married to Jimmy Ruthven and has four children, all graduates of Bay District Schools. She has six grandchildren attending school in Bay County and is actively involved in their education.
She is a member of the GFWC Woman's Club and attends the First United Methodist Church.
District 2 includes Bay High School, Callaway Elementary School, Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School, Merriam Cherry Street Elementary School, Jinks Middle School, Margaret K. Lewis School in Millville, Parker Elementary School and Tyndall Elementary School.