Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) hosted Ardian Zika as keynote speaker at the annual Student Leadership Retreat. Zika addressed a crowd of 156 PHSC students and 82 staff, faculty and guests who attended the event held August 2-3, at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel.
Zika is a member of the PHSC District Board of Trustees. In February of 2015, Zika was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott on the Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees and his appointment was also confirmed by the majority vote in the Florida Senate. He is a senior vice president & middle market banking director at ServisFirst Bank for the Tampa Bay region. Zika is a banking veteran with 14 years of combined commercial banking and lending experience. Zika currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee on Florida’s CareerSource Board of Directors in Tallahassee. In addition, Zika previously served as a gubernatorial appointee on Florida’s Council on Homelessness in Tallahassee. In 2015, Zika was selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal for the 40 Under 40 Up & Comer Award as one of the rising business leaders in the Tampa Bay community. Zika holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from Saint Leo University.
The retreat included interactive workshops, challenging team activities, and opportunities to network and socialize with student and college leaders from all five PHSC campuses and the community. The theme, LEARN. LIVE. LEAD., was incorporated into all workshop and general sessions. Students were encouraged to LEARN strategies, techniques, and leadership theories from college and community leaders; LIVE their experiences on campus, at work, and at home; and then apply what they learned to take the LEAD in their personal and professional life.
“The annual student leadership retreat provides opportunities to become engaged and learn from peers, community and school leaders,” said Jessica White, director of student activities. “When students leave the retreat they feel energized, empowered, and confident—they are ready to start the new academic year learning, living and leading.”
For more information about PHSC and leadership development programs, visit phsc.edu, or call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
Photo caption: From left: John Fey, assistant director, student engagement and leadership development; Ardian Zika, keynote speaker and member, PHSC District Board of Trustees; and Bob Bade, Ed.D., vice president, student affairs and enrollment management. Photo by: Rima Tejwani
Photo caption: Student Leadership Retreat group photo. Photo by: Karen Kielar
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.