Joseph H. Purvis, Jr. 

Joseph H. Purvis, Jr.                         
Class of 1976
Col. U.S. Army, Retired 

Col. Joseph Purvis, Jr. is a native of Savannah, having graduated from Savannah High School. After high school, he attended Armstrong for two years prior to enlisting in the United States Army. Col. Purvis later returned to Armstrong and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Col. Purvis’ education also includes a Master in Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

During his 27-year career in the military, he served in Vietnam, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and multiple posts in the United States. His responsibilities included service in aviation, armor and calvary units during two tours in Vietnam and service during Desert Storm as Chief of Special Planning Team on special assignment to General Norman Schwarzkopf. Other responsibilities included planning for the Allied Forces attack to liberate Kuwait and briefing at the highest levels of national command authority of the United States, including the President.

After retirement from the military, Col. Purvis began working for St. Johns County School District in Florida as the Director of Transportation. His 16 years of tenure have included serving as a member and as President of the Executive Committee of the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation.

Col. Purvis serves as representative to the Florida Annual Conference for Mandarin United Methodist Church and on two internal church committees.

He and his wife Susie have three children, LTC J. Keith Purvis, Kevin and Robyn Powers, and 10 grandchildren.