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RAY HIGGINBOTHAM, M.S.


Ray Higginbotham graduated from Florida State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Corrections. He later attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice.   He began his professional career as a Probation Officer with the Florida Parole and Probation Commission in Jacksonville, Florida. He worked in that capacity for five years, the last of which he served as a Supervising Probation Officer overseeing the work of other probation officers as well as other duties. In 1973 Mr. Higginbotham began work for the Federal Probation system where he worked initially as a United States Probation Officer in Jacksonville. He was later promoted to Supervisor in Orlando, Florida, where he oversaw the management of a branch office having 11-12 probation officers and several support staff. He served in that capacity for twelve plus years until receiving a promotion to Deputy Chief in Tampa. He  retired from Federal Probation in December, 2001.  Mr. Higginbotham also served as a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1967-1988. He was a member of the 307th Criminal Investigation Detachment, Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a Special Agent with responsibilities of investigating various felony crimes committed by members of the military service in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer (W-4).   For the past 15 years Mr. Higginbotham has taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Department with Everest University at both the Tampa and Brandon campuses. He has taught a myriad of courses in the criminal justice area.