Mrs. Stavros is a parent, community volunteer, and civic leader in Pinellas County whose contributions have enriched our university, our region, and impacted the educational excellence offered to students throughout the state of Florida.
In 1945, Mrs. Stavros enlisted in the U.S Navy WAVES and served at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, After WWII, she served as a stewardess for Eastern Airlines. In 1948, Gus and Frances Stavros were married in Elizabeth, NJ after completing their education at Columbia University in New York. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Through her leadership, the lives and education of thousands of Pinellas County students have been enhanced, by the opportunity for greater education. Her deep commitment to student opportunity positioned for greater education. Her deep commitment to student opportunity positioned Dr. and Mrs. Stavros to lead charge for educational programs such asEnterprise Village and Finance Park, and for establishing programs to enable students to complete their high school education. Mrs. Stavros began more than 22 years of leadership service to the Pinellas County school district in 1958. She served as PTA President, member of the PTA County Council, and on the Pinellas County High School Curriculum Committee.
Her commitment to keep students in high schools continues to inspire. In 1987, she established the SAVE program with the Pinellas Education Foundation. This successful program encourages students who have financial need to pursue their education in vocational technical career, followed by career training and job placement. After nearly 20 years, more than 3,000 students have benefited from this program. She is affectionately known as the “Mother of SAVE”
In 1989, the Stavros family was honored for its long- term philanthropy and dedicated service to economic education with the naming of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education of the University of South Florida Tampa Campus. Mrs. Stavros was instrumental in the design and architecture of this center. The guiding philosophy of the Stavros Center is to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with the corporate community and school districts in support of K-12 economic education.
Mrs. Stavros was founding member of the Ruth Eckerd Hall Board of Trustees in Clearwater and the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Since her childhood days she has been very active in her Christian religion locally, state, and nationally.
As a tribute to her years of involvement, Frances Stavros has received many awards including the Calvin Hunsinger Award in 1988 for her contribution to vocational education, and in 1990, was the recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Layman of the Year Award as the most outstanding supporter of public education. In 2003, she received the Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council Women of Distinction Award, and in 2006, received the Colonial Dames 17th Century National Community Service Award.