Scientist with public service background named to CA board
By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER — A biochemist with both city council and school board experience has been tapped to fill an unexpired term on this community’s volunteer governing board.
David Floyd, a Massachusetts native who relocated to SCC about five years ago, was sworn in this week as a director on the SCC Community Association board. He was chosen from among a field of six candidates by an eight-member board left shorthanded with the resignation earlier this year of John “Woody” Nelson.
Floyd is expected to complete the current year as an appointed director and then to stand for election in December, according to Ed Barnes, CA president.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts who went on to earn advanced degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, Floyd did a stint in the U.S. Navy and ultimately put his training to work in product development with such companies as Kimberly Clark and Helene Curtis. His work spanned the health and beauty aids spectrum as well as with some over-the-counter medications, he told The Observer this week.
In the course of his career, Floyd also shared his expertise as a visiting professor, teaching such courses as the uses of polymers at the University of California, Los Angeles and at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
In addition, the biochemist was elected to service both on a school board and on a city council before his retirement. His municipal responsibilities included serving as vice mayor at one point, he said.
Floyd and his wife, Julie, settled in SCC in 2005, coming from Midlothian, VA, and purchasing a home on the community’s north side after visiting the greater Tampa Bay area earlier in the decade, he added.
Floyd is a member of the Patriot’s Club which places U.S. flags