Dr. Scott Paine (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1985) is the Director of Leadership Development and Education at the Florida League of Cities. He joined the League staff after a career in higher education spanning three decades, including twenty-two years as a member of the Communication and the Government and World Affairs faculties at The University of Tampa. He worked on his first political campaign as a teenager in the mid-1970s and has remained politically involved ever since. In 1991, Dr. Paine made the leap from political activist to political candidate, running for and being elected to Tampa’s City Council, where he served for eight years. As an elected municipal official, Dr. Paine served on multiple Florida committees and task forces, addressing issues of growth management, transportation planning, and intergovernmental cooperation.
Today, Dr. Paine is a highly sought-after speaker who has made over a hundred presentations to national and state organizations. As a political analyst, he has appeared in a wide range of news media internationally and domestically, including the Today Show. Dr. Paine is the author of Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st Century and More Than Self: A Decade of Reflection on Public Service. Dr. Paine also writes a regular column for Quality Cities (QC) magazine.
Dr. Paine is a Roman Catholic deacon. He and his wife, Carol, have ten children, including seven adopted children, and seven grandchildren.