The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) District Board of Trustees (DBOT) elected a new chair and vice chair for the 2016-2017 academic year at its July board meeting, held July 19 at the college’s West Campus in New Port Richey. Trustee Edward Blommel was elected to serve as chair, succeeding Morris Porton, and Trustee John Dougherty was elected as vice chair.
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.
Dougherty, of Spring Hill, has 36 years of experience as a financial planner and business adviser. He is managing member of Dougherty & Associates, LLC, an investment advisory firm. He was elected to the PHSC Foundation Board of Directors in June 1997 and served a two-year term as chair from 2008 to 2010. Also, he is a past president of the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce. Dougherty received his bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and his master’s degree from New York University.
Morris Porton, outgoing chair, was presented with a plaque from the board, recognizing his exemplary leadership throughout his 2016-17 term. Each July, 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.