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PHSC Elects New Board of Trustees Leadership

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On Monday, Pasco Hernando State College announced the election of two members to leadership positions on their district board of Trustees (DBOT). A meeting, which was held by the board on June 18 at the college’s North Campus, resulted in the unanimous election of Trustees Marilyn Pearson-Adams and Rebecca Schulkowski, Pharm.D. to their respective roles of chair and vice chair for the 2024-2025 academic year.

According to a statement from the college’s Office of Marketing and Communications, Pearson-Adams has served on the DBOT for ten years, having been appointed to the board in 2014. The owner and CEO of a local real estate agency has served as board chair in 2020-2021 and vice chair in
2022-2023.

Pearson-Adams is set to succeed the previous DBOT chair, Lee Maggard. On PHSC’s website, Maggard’s page notes that he has served on the board since 2018 and is currently the vice president, credit officer for Bank Florida in Dade City. Maggard is not only a lifelong resident of East Pasco County but an alumnus of PHSC as well.

“The PHSC Board of Trustees was fortunate to have Lee Maggard’s leadership as chair, and we will be just as well served with Marilyn Pearson-Adams as our new chair and Rebecca Schulkowski as vice chair,” said PHSC President Jesse Pisors, Ed.D. “Marilyn is a pillar of the Hernando County business community, and Rebecca is a senior leader in Pasco County’s burgeoning healthcare industry. Both have demonstrated a passion and commitment to help PHSC fulfill our mission.”

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The newly minted vice chair was appointed to the state college’s board in 2021 and has served in a variety of roles in the healthcare field. Schulkowski is the first president of BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel and has served as the Director of Operations and Director of Surgical Services at BayCare Health Systems, Director for Surgical Services at Riverside Health System in New Port News, Maryland, and the Director of Pharmacy at Cardinal Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Another decision that came from the mid-June meeting was the re-election of the Bobcats’ Student Representative, Gilberto Mattei-Fernandez, to the advisory role with the DBOT. He succeeded Celyse Dahdal for the post last year and is now entering his second term in the one-year role. Mattei-Fernandez also serves as the executive statewide president for the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA).

“We are also pleased to welcome Gilberto Mattei-Fernandez as the student representative to the Board for a second, one-year term,” continued Pisors. “Having the student perspective on our Board is important, and Gilberto has fulfilled this role very well over the past year.”

PHSC’s District Board of Trustees members are listed below with the roles updated to account for.

Monday’s announcement:
Marilyn Pearson-Adams – Chair (Hernando County)
Rebecca Schulkowski, Pharm.D. – Vice Chair (Pasco County)
Lee Maggard – (Pasco County)
John Mitten – (Hernando County)
Nicole Newlon, J.D. – (Pasco County)
John Allocco Jr. – (Hernando County)
Ryan Brady – (Pasco County)
Gino Collura, Ph.D. – (Pasco County)
Gilberto Mattei-Fernandez – Student Representative (Pasco County)

PHSC’s trustees, who establish board policies for the operation of the college, are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. According to the state college, the District Board of Trustees is “committed to serving the entire district with a comprehensive educational program of high quality, emphasizing college parallel programs, career/technical opportunities, continuing education courses, GED preparation courses, and life-long learning
opportunities.”

Austyn Szempruch
Austyn Szempruch
Austyn Szempruch is a Graduate with Distinction, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He's written numerous articles reporting on Florida Gators football, basketball, and soccer teams; the sports of rugby, basketball, professional baseball, hockey, and the NFL Draft. Prior to Hernando Sun he was a contributor to ESPN, Gainesville, FL and Gator Country Multimedia, Inc. in Gainesville, FL, and Stadium Gale.
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