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Board Of Trustees 

Jim McKnight

Jim McKnight, is a career health care executive whose has served as CEO/Administrator at Doctors’ Memorial Hospital, North Florida Medical Centers Inc., Crenshaw Community Hospital, Florida State Hospital, and is currently the Director of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition. A native of Tampa and resident of Gulf County since 1987, Mr. McKnight holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis, and a Certified Public Manager certificate from Florida State University. Community service is a big part of his life and has included leadership roles as chairman of the County Republican Party and Gulf County Planning Board, along with 20 years of coaching high school football and baseball. Appointed to the Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Scott in October of 2011, Jim was elected interim chairman in January of 2019 and reelected chairman in July of 2019.  Mr. McKnight currently serves on the Boards of Florida Great Northwest, Opportunity Florida, and the Career Source Gulf Coast.

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis, of Panama City, is a life-long News Journalist who has spent the majority of his career in television news. Mr. Lewis graduated from Bay High School, is a proud alumnus of Gulf Coast Community College, and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications at Florida State University. He is currently the News Director at WMBB-TV News 13 in Panama City. He began his career with WMBB-TV back in 1980. He has a combined 35 years in local television with both WMBB and WJHG where he was also the News Director for 6 years. In addition, he helped run a start-up satellite channel for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). Mr. Lewis has won dozens of awards for his media work from the Florida Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA Regional Murrow Award), Society of Professional Journalists, the Telly Awards, and the Academy of Country Music. He has been involved in dozens of charitable campaigns and community organizations. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on October 30, 2015. Mr. Lewis was elected vice chair in January of 2019, and reelected vice chair in July of 2019.

Don Crisp

Don Crisp, of Panama City Beach, retired as vice president of First American Title Insurance. He served as the chair of the board July 2015 – July 2017 and is a board member and past chair for the Panama City Port. He has previously served on the Bay County Airport Authority and the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. Mr. Crisp currently serves as chair of the board for Panama City Port and also served as president of several organizations including the Panama City Jaycees, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Land Title Association, and Exchange Club, among others. Throughout his professional career, he received several noteworthy awards, some of which include Outstanding Young Man and the Bay County Chamber’s Lauren Merriam Memorial Award. Mr. Crisp attended Marianna High School and Chipola College, and received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Elizabeth Kirvin

Elizabeth Kirvin, of Apalachicola, is a licensed speech language pathologist and is currently the assistant principal of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. She has previously served as a board member of Early Education and Care, Inc., the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, and was a founding board member of the Bay Community School and the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. Ms. Kirvin received her associate’s degree at Gulf Coast Community College and both her bachelor and master’s degrees from Florida State University.

Steve Millaway

Steve Millaway, a native of Panama City, is a technology entrepreneur. During his career, he has worked for both public and private companies and started eight new businesses. He is currently President and CEO of Techfarms, LLC, a local technology incubator. Mr. Millaway is an investor in startup companies and enjoys exploring opportunities in emerging technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in electrical engineering.

Ralph Roberson

Ralph Roberson, of Port St. Joe, is a certified public accountant and is the owner of Roberson & Associates P.A. He is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, Sacred Heart Gulf Coast Health System Finance Committee, Port St. Joe First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and is chair of the Operating Board of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe. He is a member and past president of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, was a member and past president of the Port St. Joe Rotary Club, and served as chair of the Administrative Board and the Trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe. He completed basic studies at Florida State University, received an associate’s degree in business administration from Tallahassee Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the District Board of Trustees of then Gulf Coast Community College. Mr. Roberson served as chair of the District Board of Trustees from July 2013 through July 2015.

Mr. Tennehill

Joe Tannehill, Jr. is president and CEO of MERRICK Industries, Inc., a custom-design capital goods manufacturing company based in Lynn Haven, Florida, serving industrial customers worldwide. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a master of business administration from Dartmouth College.

David Warriner

David Warriner is the president of Tapper and Company Properties Management, Inc., a hospitality and commercial property management company in Port St. Joe. He also serves as managing director for the George G. and Amelia G. Tapper Foundation that serves primarily the needs in Gulf, Bay, and Franklin counties. A graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida in 1986. After graduation, he enjoyed a short career in banking and worked as a legislative assistant in both the Florida House and Senate. Mr. Warriner has an extensive background in community service in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin County. Currently he serves on the Board of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Port Theatre Arts and Culture Center. He is the chairman of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and is an Advisory Council Member of the Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital. He has served in the capacity as president and/or director of the Gulf Chamber of Commerce, Education Foundation of Gulf County, Inc., the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, and the Port St. Joe Lions Club. He is the past president of the GCSC Foundation and served on its board for 12 years.

Derrick Bennett

Derrick G. Bennett, a native of Panama City, has practiced law in Panama City for over thirty years and serves as General Counsel for the District Board of Trustees. Mr. Bennett holds a bachelor's degree of finance from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University. He has served as a board member of Bay Medical Center, Salvation Army, Northstar Church, and as the chair of the Panama City Beach Chamber.

Dr. John Holdnak

Dr. John Holdnak, a former Gulf Coast employee, became the sixth president of the College in 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree in Leisure Services from Florida State University, a master's degree in Applied Psychology from FSU Panama City and an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in educational leadership from University of West Florida. He most recently served as Executive Vice Chancellor for the Florida College System. 

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