College of Social Sciences

James W. "Jim" Apthorp

Jim Apthorp
James W. “Jim” Apthorp is the former director of the Institute, serving 2000-2007 and remains a member of the board. Prior to his work at the Institute, Mr. Apthorp served as Chairman of the board of Atlantic Gulf Communities, a community development company; and Chief of Staff to Governor Reubin Askew, 1971-1977. He also currently serves as a director on the board of Reynolds, Smith and Hills, an architectural and engineering company.

A Tallahassee native, Mr. Apthorp earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Florida State. He served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, student body vice president, and participated in the leadership organization, Gold Key.

Mr. Apthorp is married to Cheri Boyd Apthorp, who is a native of Miami. They live in Tallahassee and have seven children, James, East, Laura, Bob, Jill, Kelly, and Cindy.