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Scott Paine

Director Leadership Development & Education

Florida League of Cities


After more than thirty years in higher education, including 22 years at The University of Tampa, Dr. Scott Paine (Ph.D., Political Science, Syracuse University, 1985) joined the staff of the Florida League of Cities in 2015. Scott’s perspective on municipal government and public service has been formed by both his academic career and his political activities, which included serving for two terms as a Tampa City Councilman and eight years on the Hillsborough MPO (three as chair). A popular conference presenter and author on leadership and public service, Scott has addressed audiences from Seattle, Washington to Augusta, Maine and from Bismarck, North Dakota to the Florida Keys. He is the author of More than Self (2017), Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st Century (2009), a regular column in Quality Cities (QC) magazine, and a blog at drscottpaine.com. Scott and his wife, Carol, have ten children, including seven adopted children, and seven grandchildren.

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