Mr. Curtin came to St. Petersburg College in 1974 as a retired U.S. Navy Commander with a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida. He taught two courses on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus: Sociology and Marriage and Family.
He was an advocate for faculty unionization and in 1980 was elected president of the SPC Faculty Association. The movement led directly to the establishment of the Faculty Governance Organization. In 1989-’90 he served on SPC’s FACET (Focus on Access, Community and Excellence in Teaching) Commission, which was chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell.
When he retired in 1991, he was Coordinator of Continuing Education. In subsequent years, he often returned as an adjunct instructor. Although he passed away in 2011, his legacy at the college lives on through his family: All three daughters, one son-in-law and one grandchild graduated from St. Petersburg College and his youngest grandchild is on pace to graduate in 2017.