Vice Mayor - District 5 Randolph Waite
Elected in 2020, Councilman Randolph Waite serves as the City of Groveland’s District 5 Representative. He is a native of Orlando Florida and graduated from Illinois State University in 2003, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. Shortly after graduation, he returned to Orlando and became a Math Teacher for Orange County Public Schools. While teaching, he received a Master’s in Math Education from the University of Central Florida. He went on to teach high school math for seven years here in Groveland, at South Lake High School and later obtained a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Shortly after graduating he became an Administrator for Lake County Public Schools.
Councilman Waite has a heart for the youth in the community and has served in the capacity of Dean at Oak Park Middle School in Leesburg, Assistant Principal at Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, then came full circle as Assistant Principal at South Lake High School in Groveland Florida.
In 2007, Waite seeing a need in the community, he and his wife Eucretia, opened a Childcare Center called We are the Future Academy here in Groveland. The Childcare Center employed around 20 employees and provided early childhood education and after school care for over 120 children a year.
Waite now serves as the Head of Schools at Hope Preparatory Academy here in Groveland. He is also the Heads Coach of Power House Athletics AAU Track Club, that provides track and field skills and training, for over 30 athletes in the Lake County community. Some of his athletes have been ranked top 10 in the Nation for the past 5 years.
Councilman Waite credits himself as a Mighty Man of God! He is a loving husband and proud father of three beautiful daughters: Andria, Oliva, and Vanessa. He and his family have been residents of Groveland for over 15 years. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his family, boating, coaching, volunteer outreach opportunities, and riding his motorcycle. He is a down to earth guy who loves serving the Community of Groveland.
List of Committees:
Florida League of Cities, Lake County School Board Concurrency Committee and South Lake Chamber of Commerce.