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Boyce W. "Bud" Padgett

Inducted 1995

Boyce W. “Bud” Padgett, served as a member of the FHSAA Board of Directors, first as District 10 director and then as vice president, for eight years until his retirement from the education profession in 1990.

A native of Hayesville, N.C., Padgett graduated from Hayesville High School in 1948, where he lettered in basketball and football.

Padgett received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and his master's degree in 1957, both from Western Carolina University. He played football for four years and was an All-Conference selection in 1951.

Padgett was actively involved in co-curricular activities on the high school level from the outset of his career in 1952, coaching football, basketball, baseball and track as part of his first teaching job at Oakley High School In Asheville, N.C.

He moved his family to Brevard County in 1960 when he was appointed as principal of an elementary school in West Melbourne.

Padgett was elected to the Board of Directors in 1982 while principal of Palm Bay High School in Melbourne. During his eight years on the Board of Directors, Padgett was instrumental in bring about central site locations for FHSAA Finals events in a number of sports, greater parity between girls and boys athletic programs, and policies related to safety and sportsmanship.

Since retiring, Padgett has split his time between Melbourne and Hayesville, N.C., where he has owned a lake home since 1978. While in Florida in the winter, he serves as a consultant to schools and school systems. In the summer, Padgett develops and sells land.

Padgett and his wife, Carolyn, have four children – Doug, Carol, Angela and Tina – and nine grandchildren. Their spare time is spent boating, wood shopping and enjoying their family.