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Pasco Hernando State College President Joins Florida High Tech Corridor Council

PHSC Leader Brings Expertise in Higher Education and Workforce Readiness to The Corridor

HEATHROW, Fla. (September 21, 2017) – Timothy Beard, Ph.D., president of Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC), is the newest member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

Beard joined PHSC in 2007 as the vice president of student development and enrollment management after more than 30 years in education and student services.  Selected to serve as the college’s fourth president in 2015, Beard has seen enrollment rise by 40 percent under his leadership and several programs spearheaded by Beard have been recognized as “Exemplary Best Practices” by the Association of Florida Colleges.

Beard’s expertise and knowledge in higher education and workforce development will help guide The Corridor in its mission to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

Previously, Beard served as dean and vice president of student affairs for the University of South Alabama, providing leadership, strategic vision and oversight to foster an environment that emphasized student success, development and engagement.

Beard earned an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.  He serves on numerous boards and advisory councils throughout Florida, including the Florida College System Council of Presidents, the Center for Community Enrichment Board of Directors, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, the Salvation Army Advisory Council and the Pasco Economic Development Council.


About The Florida High Tech Corridor Council

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF).  The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state colleges and 12 CareerSource boards, The Corridor is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Corridor includes the presidents of two state colleges, the president of the Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry.

The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that supports matching funds research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurship leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.  For more information, visit www.floridahightech.com.

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Media Contacts:

If you are seeking information about The Corridor or the initiatives of the Council, please contact:

Kacie Escobar
Curley & Pynn Public Relations
(407) 423-8006

We would be happy to put you in contact with industry experts who can speak to a variety of technology topics in their area of expertise. For a preview of the leaders who can share their experience in growing tech-based businesses in the Corridor, explore the videos of our Faces of Technology.