Northwest Florida State College Selects John R. “Jack” Capra as new Executive Officer for Government Relations and Strategy

John "Jack" Capra

NICEVILLE, FL- Northwest Florida State College has selected John R. “Jack” Capra as the college’s new Executive Officer for Government Relations and Strategy.

“Jack’s commitment to excellence is evident in his significant achievements both in service to our country and our state. His experience and demonstrated successes in various leadership roles both as a civilian and officer make him an authentic fit for our college,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President. “Jack joined the NWF State College team on January 2nd, and his leadership will be critical to achieving our goals to be the BEST college in the nation.”

As Executive Officer for Government Relations and Strategy, Capra serves the college as the executive lead for local, state, and federal government affairs; legislative affairs; policy and external funding advocacy; official liaison to the military and veterans’ community; oversight and planning for all components of campus safety and security; reviewing attorney on contracts/MOU’s, and other legal subjects.

Capra received his B.S. from Florida State University, J.D. from St. Thomas University College of Law, LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami College of Law, M.B.A. from City University, M.A. in Religion from Liberty University, M.A. in History from the Sam Huston State University, and his Doctorate in Christian Studies from the Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.

Capra was a direct appointment to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps in September 1990 where he served until his retirement from the Navy Reserves in October 2014, with the rank of Captain (06). His military assignments included, among others, Pensacola, FL, Bahrain, Antarctica, Germany, Italy, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among other military decorations, Capra is authorized to wear: The Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5); Navy Achievement Medal (3); Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; and the Antarctica Service Medal.

Since 2003, Capra has served as an Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

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