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PBSC President Dr. Dennis Gallon honored by Florida House of Representatives

Dr. Dennis Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College, was honored at the Florida State Capitol by the House of Representatives today for more than 50 years of dedicated service in education. State Representative Lori Berman (D-Lantana) introduced the House Resolution (HR 9065) honoring Gallon.

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Palm Beach County state representatives celebrate with Dr. Dennis Gallon. From left: Pat Rooney, District 85; Irv Slosberg, District 91; Lori Berman, District 90; Dr. Dennis Gallon; Mark Pafford, District 86; MaryLynn Magar, District 82; and Bobby Powell Jr., District 88.

“It is with great honor and pride that I recognize Dr. Gallon for his achievements and contributions to Palm Beach State College and our community,” said Berman. “Under Dr. Gallon’s leadership, Palm Beach State College has received many honors and recognitions, and his legacy will be forever embedded in our community.”

Gallon is the fourth president of PBSC. He has served in the role for nearly 18 years, beginning in 1997. He will retire on June 30, 2015. Before coming to Palm Beach State, he held a variety of positions in postsecondary education, including as a business professor, business manager, dean, associate vice president, and campus president at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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Top: State Representative Lori Berman introduces House Resolution (HR) 9065 today, honoring Palm Beach State President Dr. Dennis Gallon for his 50-plus years of service in education. Bottom: More than 30 PBSC students and staff cheer Gallon in the House gallery.

House Resolution (HR) 9065 praises Dr. Gallon and states that “under his leadership, Palm Beach State College has received many honors, including the national Bellwether Award for Instructional Programs and Services in 2006; named one of the 100 most affordable colleges in the United States; ranked the eight-largest producer of associate degrees in the country; and twice selected by the Aspen Institute as one of the top community colleges in the nation and a contender for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.”

More than 30 PBSC students and staff were present in the House gallery to share in the celebration with Gallon.

The search for Gallon’s successor is currently underway.

View photos from the day in PBSC’s Flickr album.

For more information on the Florida House of Representatives, visit www.myfloridahouse.gov.

To watch The Florida Channel’s House Session recording, visit http://bit.ly/1NZNc2V and advance the video to 29:54.

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