Dr. Ingram’s Bio

Dr. Robert IngramDr. Ingram is the former Mayor of Opa-locka and the former President of the National Conference of Black mayors. Dr. Ingram comes to the table of academic excellence with the patient understanding of a pastor, the political knowledge of a government leader, the theoretical wisdom of a professor, and the assurance of an administrator.

Before his most recent assignment, Dr. Ingram was Chairperson of the Extension and Continuing Education Division at Florida Memorial University. Dr. Ingram’s responsibilities at that time included development of the Division’s Interdisciplinary Degree program.

Additionally, he developed the Credit for Life Experience Program along with an innovative program funded by the DeWitt WallaceReader’s Digest Fund to assist highly motivated Paraprofessionals earn their Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Evidencing a strong ability to work within complex organizations Dr. Ingram has been a positive force in fostering positive race relations, becoming the First African-American police officer to be assigned to the all-white section of downtown Miami.

Dr. Ingram was the first African- American police officer to be assigned to Miami’s Prestigious Motorcycle Unit and then later to the Imposing Internal Security Unit (the unit that investigated complaints of police wrong doing). He was also the first African-American police officer to retire from the Miami Police department and become Chief of an Urban Police Department (in the city of Opa-locka) and was the first African American City Manager of South Miami, Florida.

Dr. Ingram has been the subject of numerous articles in magazines, featured in many publications and the recipient of over five hundred awards. Dr. Ingram is married to the former Delores Newsome, and he has two daughters, six granddaughters, one grandson and two great grandsons. Dr. Ingram’s motto is “Keep on struggling.”