About Bill

A Leader You Can Count On; A Leader Who Makes A Difference

Bill Montford has dedicated his life to serving others. Bill has worked tirelessly throughout his career, as an educator, an administrator and a government official to a make a difference in the lives of Northwest Floridians.

A Lifetime of Service as an Educator

Bill chose a life-long career as an educator because of his deep desire to truly make a difference in people’s lives. He began his career in 1969 as a math teacher at Belle Vue Middle School in Tallahassee and went on to serve as a school administrator for 26 years, including 18 years as a high school principal. Bill was a caring and compassionate principal who touched the lives of tens of thousands of students along the way.

Bill’s steadfast dedication and commitment to ensuring a strong educational foundation for students, led to his decision to run for Leon County Superintendent of Schools in 1996. For Bill, this was an opportunity to utilize his leadership skills to effect positive, strategic change at the district level, thus improving the educational experience for all Leon County students and molding Leon County into the premier school district that it is today.

"A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
-- Henry Adams

Bill’s exceptional leadership as Superintendent is recognized throughout Leon County. Noting that education is fundamental to the economic growth of a community, the Mayor of Tallahassee proclaimed July 5, 2006 as Superintendent Bill Montford Day in recognition of Bill’s significant contributions to the community through his service as an educator.

On the statewide level, Bill’s accomplishments as Superintendent were recognized when he was selected as the 2002 Florida Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Superintendents Association.

In June 2008, Bill received the highest honor bestowed on an educator when the Leon County School Board named a middle school in his honor. William J. Montford, III Middle School is a fitting tribute to Bill’s lifelong contributions to education, the school district and the Leon County community as a whole. 

In 2006, Bill was given a chance to make a difference in Florida’s public education system as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. In this role, Bill uses his leadership skills to further improve public education in Florida, thus making Florida a better place to live and improving the lives of Floridians.


A Lifetime of Service to the Community

Throughout his life, Bill Montford has strived to make the community he serves a better place to live and to improve the quality of life for the citizens he serves.

Bill served two terms as a Leon County Commissioner from 1982 to 1988. As a Commissioner, he was known for his ability to build consensus among all stakeholders, while upholding his responsibility to serve in the best interests of the public. The reach of Bill’s contributions to Leon County are still felt today, and in 2006 the Leon County Commission passed a resolution recognizing Bill as an invaluable public servant who truly made a positive and lasting difference in the lives of Leon County citizens.

There is no doubt that public service is important to Bill Montford.

His career and community involvement are a testament to his lifetime of service to the community. One highlight of Bill’s extensive community involvement service was chairing the 2008 Big Bend United Way Campaign. As chairman, Bill led a highly successful fundraising effort that guaranteeing many of Leon County’s most needy citizens would receive the services and programs they so desperately need, particularly in these tough economic times.

Bill currently serves on the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Board of Directors and as Chair for the Chamber’s Governmental Affair Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Challenger Learning Center, the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education, and The Village Square. Bill is a member of the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board, the Whole Child Leon leadership Council and the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability.

Bill was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

Bill’s commitment and outstanding public service has repeatedly been recognized by local and statewide organizations. In 2006, the William J. Montford, III educational Scholarship was established by the Florida State University College of Education, in honor of his lifelong dedication to the furtherance of education. Bill has also received recognition for his personal contributions to the Mayor’s Initiative on Race Relations, the Teenage Parent Program, the 100 Black Men of Tallahassee, the NAACP, the Tallahassee Human Relations Council. He was awarded the Educational Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Florida.

Bill lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jane, a first grade public school teacher at Gilchrist Elementary in Leon County. Bill and Jane have two children, William J. Montford IV (Bill) and Katherine Montford Peters. Bill (IV) and his wife Emily have three sons – William J. Montford V (Jake), Henry James Montford and Wyatt Montford. Katherine and her husband Kevin have a daughter, Eleanor Jane (Ellie Jane) and son, Guy Montford.

Bill was born in Marianna and moved to Blountstown where he grew up and attended public school. Bill moved to Tallahassee in 1967, to attend Florida State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics education and Master of Science Degree in Administration and Supervision. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Flagler College.