Board Of Trustees
Jim McKnight, a native of Tampa and resident of Gulf County since 1987, was elected as chair in January 2019 after serving as vice chair since July 2017. He is the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition Director, and previously served as the Assistant Hospital Administrator at Florida State Hospital. Other positions include CEO of North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. and Doctors’ Memorial Hospital. He is a board member of the Big Bend Health Council and served as the chairman of the Gulf County Planning Board and the Gulf County Republican Party. In his spare time he has coached high school football and baseball, and has been a leader in a number of civic clubs and fundraising organizations including the United Way and Relay for Life. Mr. McKnight holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master's degree health services administration from the University of St. Francis.
Tom Lewis was appointed to the board in October 2015, and was elected vice chair in January 2019. He is a long-time local television news journalist and is currently the News Director at WMBB-TV. Mr. Lewis has spent more than 30 years in television broadcasting, starting at WMBB as a reporter/weekend anchor in 1980. He graduated from Bay High School, is a proud alumnus of Gulf Coast Community College and earned a bachelor's in communications at FSU. Mr. Lewis has won dozens of awards for his work from the Florida Associated Press and received the prestigious Telly Award.
Don Crisp, of Panama City Beach, served as the chair of the board July 2015 – July 2017. He retired as vice president of First American Title Insurance and is a member and past board chair for Panama City Port. He has previously served on the Bay County Airport Authority and the Gulf Coast State College Foundation, as well as president of several organizations including the Panama City Jaycees and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce among others. He’s 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, 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’s and master’s degree from Florida State University.
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 start-up companies and enjoys exploring opportunities in emerging technology. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.
Ralph Roberson, of Port St. Joe, served as the chair of the board July 2013 – July 2015. He is a certified public accountant and is the owner of Roberson & Associates. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the District Board of Trustees of then Gulf Coast Community College. Mr. Roberson 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, Chair of the Operating Board of Sacred Heart Hospital, member and past president of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and the Port St. Joe Rotary Club. 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.
David Warriner is the president of Tapper and Company Properties Management, Inc., and serves as managing director for the George G. and Amelia G. Tapper Foundation that serves the needs in Gulf, Bay and Franklin counties. A graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, he earned a bachelor's in business administration 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. 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 is the past president of the GCSC Foundation and served on its board for 12 years.
Derrick 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 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, 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.