Rollins President Grant Cornwell and his wife, Peg, have been named to Winter Park Magazine’s new list of the city’s most influential people.
Peg and Grant Cornwell at the Festival of Light during this spring's inauguration festivities. (Photos by Scott Cook)
Rollins President Grant Cornwell and his wife, Peg, have been named to Winter Park Magazine’s list of the city’s most influential people. The Cornwells are profiled under the headline “The First Couple” in the magazine’s Summer 2016 issue, which will be released later this month.
Rollins Professor of History Julian Chambliss and Director of Community Relations Cindy Bowman LaFronz were also named to the list and will be featured in the Summer 2016 issue.
In his profile of the Cornwells, Winter Park Magazine Editor Randy Noles details the couple’s work at St. Lawrence College and Wooster College prior to coming to Rollins and highlights their plans to further integrate the College in the community.
“While the Cornwells both advocate a student-focused approach, they’ve embraced the mission of making Rollins a more fully integrated community partner,” Noles writes. “Through various functions they’ve already hosted more than 3,000 people at the Barker House, the president’s on-campus residence. That alone is making a warm impression on longtime Winter Parkers, few of whom had ever been invited there before.”
In his profile of Chambliss titled “The Scholar,” Noles highlights Chambliss’ project to unearth and digitize articles from the Winter Park Advocate and explores the professor’s fascination with comic books and superheroes in American history.
“As a historian, he came to see comic book as ‘elaborate visual narratives about urban history,'” Noles writes of Chambliss, who is also chair of the history department and coordinator of the Africa & African-American Studies program at Rollins. “He co-edited and contributed to a book called Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men, and he delivers engaging talks about superheroes in American History.”
In his profile of LaFronz titled “The Networker,” Noles spotlights LaFronz’s leadership in organizing Feed the Need Winter Park, a fundraising drive that raises $100,000 each year for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. He also notes LaFronz’s seat on multiple boards, including the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando.
This is the second edition of the magazine’s list of Winter Park’s most influential people. The 2015 list featured several members of the Rollins community, including John Sinclair, Chair of the Department of Music; Gail Sinclair, Executive Director of the Winter Park Institute; Thad Seymour, President Emeritus; and Jeff Eisenbarth, Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer.