Four appointed to CF Board of Trustees

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  Special to the Citizen

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed four members to the District Board of Trustees of the College of Central Florida.

“Each of these individuals brings unique talents to the District Board of Trustees and I am confident they will serve the college and the community well in this important role,” said Dr. Charles R. Dassance, CF president.

Cory Pool, who was first appointed to the board in July 2007 to represent Marion County, has been reappointed and will serve through May 31, 2014. Pool is vice president of Jenkins Auto Group in Ocala and has also served as a member of the CF Foundation Board of Directors.

“I welcome our new trustees and look forward to working with them,” said Pool. “Each trustee brings a unique ability to the board which will help continue to move us forward. On behalf of all trustees I want to reiterate that this board will ensure that CF continues to be a Community of Promise in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.”

Priya Ghumman will represent Marion County. She is president and chief operating officer of Development & Construction Corporation of America. Ghumman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Brown University in Rhode Island. She chaired the American Heart Association’s inaugural Marion County Go Red for Women Luncheon and was a member of the Ocala/Marion Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ocala/Marion program. She will serve through May 31, 2015.

 Joyce Brancatto will represent Levy County. She is CEO of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, where she has been employed for 25 years. Brancatto earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida and a master’s in Business Administration from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. She is immediate past president of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and has served numerous other leadership roles including board member of the CF Advisory Board. She has been a resident of Levy County for 25 years. She will serve through May 31, 2014.

Don Taylor will represent Citrus County. Taylor is financial officer for Progress Energy, Florida. He is a member of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and immediate past president of United Way of Citrus County. Taylor has served with the CF Foundation’s Taste of Citrus committee as a board member and chair, and as a board member of the Art Center of Citrus County. He will serve through May 31, 2015.

The CF District Board of Trustees is made up of seven members. Additional representatives include Ron Ewers from Marion County, Sandra Balfour from Citrus County, and Robert Durrance from Levy County. Betty Strifler, Citrus County, and Carol Sullivan, Levy County, will be leaving the board after a total 20 years of exemplary service.

Trustee responsibilities include appointing, supporting and assessing the performance of the college president, approving long-range plans and educational programs for the college, and ensuring the well-being of faculty, students and staff.