The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) District Board of Trustees (DBOT) elected a new chair and vice chair for the 2015-2016 academic year at its July board meeting. Trustee Morris Porton was elected to serve as chair and Trustee Edward Blommel was elected as vice chair.
Porton, of Spring Hill, is a retired Florida Traditions Bank senior vice president who served on the College’s Foundation Board of Directors from 2009 until his appointment to the DBOT in November 2011. Active in community service projects, he has served as a Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce board member since 1995. Porton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a banking degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He also is a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reserve lieutenant and served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1965 to 1966.
Blommel, of Dade City, is a retired regional manager for the Tampa Electric Company with 40 years of service and had served in the Florida National Guard. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations and committees including, United Way of Pasco County, Pasco Regional Medical Center, the Jobs, Education and Partnership Boards in Pasco and Hernando Counties, Downtown Dade City Main Street, East Pasco Habitat for Humanity, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pasco Public Education Foundation, and the Dade City Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee. Blommel was recently recognized by the U.S. Congress for community service. Other recognitions include Business Person of the Year Award, Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, and the Richard L. McLaughlin Economic Development Volunteer of the Year Award for district five. Blommel is an alumnus of PHSC and University of South Florida, Tampa.
At the July meeting each year the board elects new leaders and reviews meeting and event dates for the upcoming academic year.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.