Gov. Rick Scott recently announced the reappointment of Rao Musunuru, M.D., and the appointments of John Mitten, Raymond Gadd Jr., and David Garcia to the Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) District Board of Trustees.
Dr. Rao Musunuru, 66, of New Port Richey, current chair, PHSC District Board of Trustees, has been a member of the PHSC board since 1999. He is a practicing board certified cardiologist, affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County since 1981 and serves as a member on its board. Over the years, he has served as chief of medicine, chief of staff, and chair of the board of trustees for the center’s heart institute. Musunuru has been an active American Heart Association volunteer since 1979 and is a past recipient of the AHA National Chairman’s Award, National Physician of the Year, and National Volunteer Advocate of the Year Award.
“We are very pleased by the reappointment of Dr. Musunuru to the PHSC District Board of Trustees,” said Timothy Beard, Ph.D., PHSC president. “As a loyal trustee and donor to the college, the guidance and leadership Dr. Musunuru has provided during his many years of service has had an immense impact on PHSC.”
Musunuru is reappointed for a term beginning January 26, 2018 and ending May 31, 2021.
John Mitten, 47, of Brooksville, is owner of Chick-fil-A of Hernando County since 2003. Previously he owned Chick-fil-A of Citrus Park Town Center (1999-2003) and Chick-fil-A in Merritt Island, Fla. (1993-1999). He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.
Mitten is a board member and past chair (2012-2013) of The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce; member of the board and past chair of United Way of Hernando County since 2006; and chair of Bible Basics International since 2002.
Mitten is appointed to a vacant seat for a term beginning January 26, 2018 and ending May 31, 2019.
Raymond Gadd Jr., 60, of Land O’ Lakes, deputy superintendent of Pasco County Schools, oversees administration, operations, teaching and learning, and student support services. Previously he served as president and CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. Gadd volunteers at the Pasco Pediatric Foundation, Advisory Council Wachovia Banks of Pasco, University of South Florida Collaborative for Family and Children, Pasco Hernando Catholic Charities and more. He was instrumental in the original campaign in 2004 to pass the Penny for Pasco to fund schools. He received the Lawrence D. Wasser Humanitarian Award, Pasco County District Supervisor of the Year Award, and more. Gadd received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida. Gadd succeeds Ed Blommel (2013-2018).
David A. Garcia, 67, of Spring Hill, is the lead pastor of Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville, since 1988. He is a missionary in New York City and Zimbabwe, Africa. He serves as advisor and spiritual father to several pastors, conducts purity conferences for men and women, students and millennials and is author of Don’t Awaken Love Before it’s Time, The Powerful Last-Day Christian and more. Garcia received his bachelor’s degree from International Seminary, and his master’s and Doctor of Ministry from Life Christian University. Garcia succeeds Morris Porton (2011-2018).
Both Gadd and Garcia were appointed for a term beginning February 1, 2018 and ending May 31, 2019.
“We welcome our newest members of the board,” said PHSC President Timothy Beard, Ph.D. “They each bring valuable experience to the table that will certainly influence how PHSC will continue to serve our students and meet the needs of our community.”
The PHSC District Board of Trustees appointments announced by Gov. Rick Scott are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Photo 1 caption: Rao Musunuru, M.D.
Photo 2 caption: John Mitten
Photo 3 caption: David A. Garcia
Photo 4 caption: Raymond Gadd
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.