February 21, 2018 – Col. Arley W. McRae, USAF Retired, has been named the first Trustee Emeritus at Santa Fe College. Col. McRae, who was originally appointed to the SF Board of Trustees in 1999, served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. Col. McRae flew 133 combat missions, and became the founder of the USAF precision-guided weapons program, more commonly known as the “smart bomb.”
SF President Jackson N. Sasser called Col. McRae a “model trustee not just of Santa Fe College or Florida but America,” thanking him for his years throughout his life.
Col. McRae is still an active community advocate in Bradford County. He is the Executive Director of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and serves on the boards of the Food Pantry, the Children’s Table, and the Bradford County Alumni Association.