Board Member Spotlight: Kevin Hyde

JPEF selected as Furyk & Friends Community Champion


Kevin Hyde is the managing partner of Foley and Lardner, LLP and currently serves as chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund Board of Directors.

Thinking back to a teacher who made an impact on his life, Kevin recalls his 5th-grade teacher, Ann Shuster. It was in her class that Kevin first experienced in-depth discussions of literature, like Shakespeare. Ms. Shuster was one of those teachers who “captivated your attention” and showed that there was a “real value” to reading the material.  

He has been involved with JPEF for about 6 years. During this time, he has helped set JPEF’s strategic framework which includes Empowered and Effective Teachers and Principals, Diversifying the Teaching Workforce, Increasing Teacher Compensation, Supporting the Whole Child, Closing the Literacy Gap, and Student Skills for the Future.

“Education is the great equalizer and the great opportunity for everyone, in particular public education,” Kevin said. “Whether that be elementary, secondary, or university level, it’s an opportunity for anyone to excel and receive access to the opportunities to excel.

“That’s why I’ve enjoyed working on the JPEF side – I get to work primarily on matters related to the Duval County public school system. At the university level, I get to work with college students. In all those cases, you see how people have their lives changed and opportunities presented to them.”

Kevin has a long history of community involvement in Jacksonville including having served on a number of nonprofit boards such as Goodwill Industries, Public Library Foundation, World Affairs Council, and Red Cross.

He is a former City Council President, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville, and interim President of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

In addition to his impactful work on the JPEF Board, Kevin serves as chairman of the University of North Florida Board of Trustees and is on the advisory board for Furyk & Friends, an annual charity golf tournament.

Furyk and Friends

The Constellation Furyk & Friends presented by Circle K is an annual PGA Tour Champions event benefitting local charities through The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation.

“Jim Furyk and his wife have hosted the golf tournament for years,” Kevin said. “As Jim Furyk joined the Champion Tour, he and his wife decided to make Furyk & Friends into a PGA event. Through some mutual friends, I had the chance to meet the Furyks. They’re wonderful people. I’ve always known them to be involved philanthropically in the community.”

Foley and Lardner LLP volunteered to be pro bono counsel for the tournament. Through that work, Kevin joined their advisory board and learned about the opportunity they were extending to local charitable groups to participate in selling tickets and receive the proceeds of those ticket sales.

JPEF has been selected as one of the Community Champion ticket proceeds charities.

The event takes place Oct. 7 – 9, 2022 at Timuquana Country Club and features world-class golfers, music, food, and more.

“The tournament last year was fantastic. You have the highest quality players in the world. Phil Mickelson won it last year. If you’re a golf fan, it’s like being on the sideline.”

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About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent think-and-do tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. We convene educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and help scale evidence-based solutions that advance school quality in Duval County. 




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.