Richard G. Hunter is a native of Oklahoma and received BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University. He completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Oklahoma and received a Ph.D. in Environmental Health, also from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Hunter was named President and CEO of FTSI in September, 2001. For the previous 12 years, Dr. Hunter was a senior manager with Florida's Department of Public Health. He was Florida’s Deputy State Health Officer from 1995 through 2001, and was responsible for overall direction of about 11,000 employees dedicated to preventing illnesses from a variety of factors. In addition, he has held a variety of progressively responsible positions related to public health in state, local and federal agencies.
Dr. Hunter serves as the Vice-Chair of the Florida Public Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public health in Florida. He has adjunct faculty appointments at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health and the Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Hunter has received several professional awards for his disease prevention activities and has served on numerous local, state and federal government advisory boards relating to public health issues. He is the author of 23 scientific papers.