The Honorable JERRY LOUIS MAYGARDEN is a community activist with a long and distinguished career in public service. He has held senior-level leadership posts within colleges and universities, hospitals and health systems, and state and local government throughout a career that spans more than four decades.
Jerry is a former city councilman and mayor of Pensacola. He served as a state legislator and majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as president and chief executive officer of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce.
Jerry is a talented communicator—essayist and lecturer. He received undergraduate (’74) and graduate (’75) degrees in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the faculty and trustees at UWF, and he was designated a “Fellow” by the UWF Foundation in 2015.
Jerry is a life-long parishioner and servant-leader in the United Methodist Church. He is a founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and a 33° Scottish Rite Mason.
Jerry received the PACE Pioneer and Community Leader of the Year Awards from the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. He also received “Distinguished Alumnus” Awards from Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. He is a recipient of the Community Stakeholder’s Award from the Community Hospital Association of Florida, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Jerry is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War; he served in the Mekong Delta with the Mobile Riverine Forces of the United States Navy.
Jerry and his wife, the former Rhonda Fosha, have two children: Louis “Trip” Maygarden, Esq. (wife—Adrienne) and Morgan Maygarden Gleason (Husband—CDR Tim). They also enjoy the company of two adorable granddaughters—Emma Grace and Addie Mae Gleason. The Maygardens reside in the Nature Trail community and on Santa Rosa Island in Escambia County, Florida.