Gulf Coast State College’s District Board of Trustees recently elected new leadership for the 2013/2014 term.

Panama City, FL – Gulf Coast State College’s District Board of Trustees recently elected new leadership for the 2013/2014 term.

Ralph Roberson succeeds Denise Butler as Chair of the Board and Leah Dunn succeeds Dan Estes as Vice Chair, effective July 25. Roberson and Dunn were appointed by Governor Rick Scott in December of 2011 to the District Board of Trustees at the College.

“It has been an honor working with great board members and leaders like Denise and Dan,” said Dr. Jim Kerley, GCSC President. “Both have been rock-solid supporters of the College, always willing to stand up and support our students and always willing to make tough calls on behalf of the College. They have demonstrated courage and steadfast leadership, whether in support of our game-changing technology center or keeping tuition low for students.”

“Additionally, our new board leadership will be just as committed and dedicated to our students.  Mr. Roberson and Ms. Dunn are outstanding individuals and each brings unique skills to keep this college moving forward.”

Roberson, of Port St. Joe, is a certified public accountant and has been the owner of Roberson and Associates P.A. since 1997. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the Board of Trustees of Gulf Coast State College. Roberson has been a member of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce since 1987, the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce since 1986 and the Florida Institute of CPAs since 1979. From 1985 to 2006, he was a member of the Rotary Club of Port St. Joe where he served as president and director, and he is also a past member of the Association of Florida Colleges. He received an associate degree from Tallahassee Community College and bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida.

Dunn, of Panama City, is the managing partner of Dunn Properties, LLC and several small businesses. She serves on the Board of the Science and Discovery Center and has chaired it twice. She also serves on the Development Board of Florida State University-Panama City Campus and the Florida Medical Association Alliance.  As a military spouse and daughter, she was educated in many states and studied in Thailand, Germany and Switzerland. She obtained her degree in English from the University of Oklahoma and a language certification in German from the Goethe-Institute of Freiburg, Germany.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees serves as the presiding officer and spokesman of the board, representing the Board at College and community functions as well as state and national meetings. The Chair and Vice Chair both reinforce the mission of the College with board members and the community and help the President preserve the local autonomy of the institution. The chair also coordinates the annual evaluation of the President and negotiates contract provisions.