Tag: Ava Parker

MLK celebration speaker: ‘I want to live in a post-racist world’

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were here today, “he would tell us to listen.” That’s what Dr. Marc Lamont Hill told a crowd of more than 700 people who packed the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus Thursday for Palm Beach State College’s 17th annual celebration of the noted civil rights leader.
“Listening is a key part of understanding our commonalities, our common histories, our common struggles. It’s also a way of recognizing the differences,’’ said Hill, … Continue reading MLK celebration speaker: ‘I want to live in a post-racist world’

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Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,600 fall graduates during two commencement ceremonies today.
Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, was the keynote speaker. She told graduates that she started her higher education at then Miami Dade Community College, where she played basketball.
“Today, I’m at Palm Beach State College as the chancellor of the same system that gave me an opportunity,’’ she said, later noting that 53 percent of Florida’s university juniors and seniors came from the 28 community and state colleges in the Florida College System. … Continue reading Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

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Bringing her “A” Game: Ava L. Parker is PBSC’s fifth president and first female chief

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

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Florida College System chancellor to speak at commencement

Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, will be the keynote speaker at two commencement ceremonies Dec. 18 for Palm Beach State College’s more than 2,600 fall graduates.
The first ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the 1,219 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. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. … Continue reading Florida College System chancellor to speak at commencement

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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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