Palm Beach State College conferred more than 2,400 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater delivered the keynote address at the morning commencement ceremony for graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the 1,440 Associate in Arts degree graduates who comprise nearly 60 percent of the graduating class. … Continue reading PBSC confers more than 2,400 degrees
From Contact magazine, Winter 2015-16
Dressed in academic regalia on a steamy Friday morning, Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., stepped to the podium in the packed Duncan Theatre. Within five minutes, she had the crowd of new students on their feet and chanting.
“We are the Panthers,” they roared, following her lead like sports fanatics at a big game. “We are the Panthers. We are the Panthers. And, … Continue reading Bringing her “A” Game: Ava L. Parker is PBSC’s fifth president and first female chief
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
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
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
Palm Beach State College held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its long-planned Loxahatchee Groves campus that will provide more convenient access to classes for residents in the county’s growing west central communities.
More than 100 people, including local and state elected officials and community and business leaders, attended the ceremony under a tent on the 75-acre campus site at the northwest corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road. The campus is slated to open in 2016. … Continue reading Groundbreaking ceremony held for PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus
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