gadsden county

Commissioner Anthony O. Viegbesie, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony O. Viegbesie 


Dr. Anthony Viegbesie, affectionately called “Dr. V.” is a first-generation American and the first in his family who immigrated to the United States in 1978, from his native country of Nigeria as a young lad with practically nothing and first found employment as a migrant farmworker in Southern Georgia. 

Dr. V grew up poor. He came to the United States of America by choice and he now owes and is grateful for what and who he is today to the opportunities provided him by this great nation.

He obtained an Associate of Science in Agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia; a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma; a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. 

Dr. V is a graduate of the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) Institute of County Government with a Certified County Commissioner Certificate (CCC) in June 29, 2017 and the Advanced County Commissioner Certificate on June 28, 2018

He has been a professor of Economics and Public Administration at Tallahassee Community College and an adjunct professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University since 1984.

 He is a past president of the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP as well as a past 1st vice-president of the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches.

Dr. V was elected to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners on August 26, 2014. He has served as the Chair of the Commission for two terms; 2019 and 2020.

Dr. V has been the Gadsden County Board of Commissioner Representative on the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) since November of 2014 and served as the Chairperson of the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency in 2019. 

Dr. V was appointed to the At-Large Member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties in 2019 and serves as a member of the Finance, Tax and Administration Committee of the Florida Association of Counties.

Dr. V has been appointed to membership and serves in numerous Committees in the National Association of Counties (NACo) that includes and not limited to;

1. International Economic Development Committee 

2. President’s Immigration Reforms Task Force

3. Rural Action Caucus

4. Agricultural & Rural Affairs Steering Committee 

He is the author of the book “Our Faults: Conversations on the State of Affairs in Modern Black America”.

His awards and recognitions include and not limited to:

* 2008 Tallahassee Community College’s African American Calendar; October Month

* 2003 Florida Justice Association’s “Consumers Rights’ Advocate Award” 

* 2000 Florida State Conference of NAACP’s “Gwendolyn Cherry-Sawyer Award”

* 2000 United States Census’ “Leadership in Partnership Award”, 

* 1998 Tallahassee Area Chapter National Forum for Black Public Administrators   (NFPBA)’s “Public Service Award”.

* 1994 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 

* 1993 Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America,

* 1992 Who’s Who in America, 

* 1992-1993 Who’s Who among Young American Professionals.

* 1996 & 2002 Tallahassee Community College’s “NAACP Outstanding Black Achievers Award”

* 1995 Tallahassee Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. "Man of the Year",

* 1995 Who's Who in the World

* 1992 Who’s Who in the South and Southwest

* 1985 Outstanding Young Men of America and many more

He is a Golden Heritage Lifetime Member of the NAACP, a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Gadsden County Men of Action;. the Kiwanis Club International of Havana, Florida and a Third Degree Masonry at the J.R.E. Lee Sr. Lodge #422, F&AM PHA.. 

He is married to Dr. Diane Wynn-Viegbesie and they have six children.