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President launches gold performance campaign

After two successive years of earning “Silver” status in the state’s new performance funding model, Palm Beach State College is launching a “Go Bold for Gold!” initiative aimed at reaching the top echelon in 2016-17.
Focused primarily on increasing student retention and completion rates, the initiative doubles down on strategies introduced a year ago to support students’ progress toward graduation.  They include steps such as enhanced advising and communication, focused scholarships, improved class scheduling and identifying and providing certificate awards at certain completion points. … Continue reading President launches gold performance campaign

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Will you write the new College song?

Back in 1939, Palm Beach Junior College students Edna Wilson, Alice Hayes and Mary Jane McDonald put pen to paper to compose the six-year-old College’s first alma mater, or official song.  Sung to the tune of “God Bless America,” the quaint lyrics hailed PBJC as the “School of our Dreams” and  the “Fountain of Wisdom,” pledging that “Dear to us, you’ll ever be!”  
Fast forward 77 years: The official College song is in need of a redo.   … Continue reading Will you write the new College song?

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President unveils reorganization plan to improve service, student success

Organizational changes designed to help Palm Beach State College better focus on student success and quality customer service were announced by President Ava L. Parker today in her first State of the College address to faculty and staff.
In a broad leadership restructuring, Parker is expanding the role of provost, the chief administrator for each campus, to include College-wide responsibilities as vice presidents as well as a campus reassignment for three of them.   She also announced a new vice president position to oversee information technology and the implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. … Continue reading President unveils reorganization plan to improve service, student success

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Palm Beach State College leaders endorse governor’s graduation challenge

Palm Beach State College leaders today accepted Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s statewide “Ready, Set, Work” challenge calling for the achievement of 100 percent graduation rates for full-time students.
College officials said the challenge is formidable but attainable through a concerted effort to improve student completion.
“We know what is at stake for our students, and we are wholeheartedly committed to making sure that they have what they need to get to the finish line,” said College President Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College leaders endorse governor’s graduation challenge

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Campus name to honor outgoing president

Palm Beach State College’s new campus in Loxahatchee Groves will be named after outgoing president Dennis P. Gallon.
The College’s District Board of Trustees recently passed a unanimous resolution naming the campus for Dr. Gallon in recognition of his outstanding service to the College and the community. The naming was announced at a June 19 scholarship benefit dinner honoring Gallon, who is retiring June 30 after more than 50 years of service in Florida education, including 18 years as PBSC president. … Continue reading Campus name to honor outgoing president

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Palm Beach State College trustees select first female president

The Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees culminated a six-month national search process Wednesday, unanimously choosing Ava L. Parker, J.D., to become the first female president of Palm Beach State College.
Parker, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Florida Polytechnic University, was one of four finalists who met with the board Wednesday, each making a case for being the best fit to lead the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College trustees select first female president

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Palm Beach State College narrows presidential candidates to four

From an international pool of 161 applicants vying to become the next president of Palm Beach State College, a search committee on Thursday narrowed the field to four.
The finalists are:  James D. Henningsen, Ed.D., president of the College of Central Florida; Ava L. Parker, J.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Polytechnic University; Joseph A. Sarnovsky, Ed.D., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Seminole State College of Florida; and G. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College narrows presidential candidates to four

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‘Master of the Universe’ Neil deGrasse Tyson to headline PBSC STEAM event

World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will headline the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Initiative event, presented by Bank of America. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach.
“Neil deGrasse Tyson is a wildly popular speaker who has helped to make science relatable and accessible to the masses,” said Suellen Mann, … Continue reading ‘Master of the Universe’ Neil deGrasse Tyson to headline PBSC STEAM event

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PBSC President Dennis Gallon to retire in June 2015

Dr. Dennis P. Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College since 1997, informed the District Board of Trustees today of his desire to retire from that post effective June 30, 2015. The board accepted the decision, expressing sadness but praising his distinguished service and wishing him well.
“President Gallon has been a pillar of the College and the community for the past 17 years,” said Carolyn L. Williams, board chairperson. “We celebrate his remarkable career, and we cannot adequately express our appreciation for his service to our students and to Palm Beach County.”
Gallon said he is experiencing “some anxiety” over the decision, … Continue reading PBSC President Dennis Gallon to retire in June 2015

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Banking executive named to District Board of Trustees

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Charles K. “Chuck” Cross, Jr. to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.
Cross, 56, of Boca Raton, is the executive vice president of commercial banking for Seacoast National Bank. He serves as treasurer of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and previously chaired the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.
He assumes the Palm Beach State board seat formerly held by David H. Talley, whose term has expired.  … Continue reading Banking executive named to District Board of Trustees

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