Sen. Jack Latvala was the initial inductee into Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame. A ceremony, held on Tuesday, July 19 at the college’s West Campus in New Port Richey, drew approximately 50 friends, supporters and members of the college community.
Morris Porton, outgoing chair of the PHSC District Board of Trustees, presided over the program, which included the unveiling of a plaque to be displayed in perpetuity in PHSC’s Legislative Hall of Fame. Each of the campuses will house an identical Legislative Hall of Fame that recognizes all inductees.
“Sen. Jack Latvala is an unwavering champion for PHSC,” said Porton. “We are pleased that recent redistricting has brought the senator back to Pasco County and look forward to a continued strong relationship with him.”
PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., said, “The senator’s efforts led to the construction of several buildings on the college’s West Campus, helped strengthen articulation agreements with the University of South Florida, and helped preserve the integrity of the college’s local service areas.”
“I appreciate that the college’s district board of trustees has selected me for this distinction,” said Latvala. “PHSC’s efforts to provide quality higher education and workforce training for area residents are impressive,” he said. “The college supplies much needed graduates for the local workforce, which advances the lives of residents and supports the local economy. I am proud of the college’s growth and accomplishments and I am very honored to be included in the Legislative Hall of Fame.”
The Legislative Hall of Fame establishes a PHSC tradition that recognizes legislators for supporting the college and higher education opportunities for their constituents. The college plans to induct several legislators into PHSC’s Legislative Hall of Fame inaugural class of 2016.
Photo caption: (L-R): Morris Porton, outgoing chair, PHSC District Board of Trustees; Sen. Jack Latvala; and Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., president, PHSC.
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.