Pasco-Hernando State College has announced a prestigious slate of dignitaries who will speak during the inauguration ceremony of the college’s fourth president, Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D. With a theme of Defeating the Odds … Achieving the Dream, the presidential inauguration will be held on Friday, May 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the PHSC West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in the Performing Arts Center.
Inauguration speakers include: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Florida’s 12th congressional district; Sen. Wilton Simpson, Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 18th District; Randy Hanna, former chancellor, Florida College System; Ava Parker, JD, president, Palm Beach State College; and Brian Lamb, southeast regional president, Fifth Third Bank.
Other distinguished guest speakers include: Florida A&M University President Emeritus Walter Smith, Ph.D.; Morris Porton, PHSC District Board of Trustees chair; George Miller, senior vice president, Sun Trust and PHSC Foundation chair; Regina Mirabella, PHSC professor, nursing; and Michael Bradley, PHSC student leader and retired Staff Sergeant/USMC.
A celebration reception will immediately follow the inauguration ceremony on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Physical Fitness Center, also at the West Campus. The Defeating the Odds…Achieving the Dream Celebration Reception presenting sponsors include: BMW of Sarasota & Lamborghini Sarasota, the Musunuru Family and Skanska. Proceeds from the event will benefit the PHSC’s President’s Fund for Excellence.
Guests are encouraged to bring a new or lightly used book—or any bookstore gift certificate—to ANY inaugural event to benefit students in need at local schools.
The PHSC presidential inauguration events are free and open to the public. Visit www.phsc.edu/inauguration for all event details.
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.