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1970s Featured Alumni

The tumultuous 1960s influenced the 1970s in virtually every manner—music, literature, fashion, entertainment, business and higher education. All The President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, Roots by Haley, and I’m OK, You’re Ok, by Harris topped best seller lists. The breakup of the Beatles and the death of Elvis ended an era and ushered in a new age of entertainment that ranged from disco to hard rock.  Mood rings and smiley faces, hip hugging bellbottom jeans, earth shoes and clogs were just as popular as leisure suits, plaid pants and sequined mini dresses. The business world embraced innovative technologies and the beginning developments of micro processing, floppy discs, email, barcodes and laser printers from companies named Xerox, IBM, Apple, etc.

Social movements, particularly anti-war, were prevalent on college campuses nationwide. Civil rights for women and handicapped students, in addition to equalizing spending, were at the forefront of American education in this decade. Affirmative action and desegregation were also high priority for the education system and the importance of an education was evident—from Nixon’s career-oriented education policies to Carter’s implementation of the Department of Education.


Featured Alumni of the '70s

Gerald CobbGerald L. Cobb—PHCC 1973

Gerald L. Cobb is a retired captain of the Brooksville Road Prison in Hernando County. Cobb transferred his college credits to the new Pasco-Hernando Community College when it opened its doors in 1972 and one short year later, he was one of the first three students to graduate from PHCC. Cobb studied criminology and received his bachelor’s degree in 1975 from St. Leo University, St. Leo, Florida.

Leonard GudeLeonard E. Gude—PHCC 1974

Leonard Gude achieved success early. Having passed CLEP tests to apply to his Associate in Arts degree, Gude entered his freshman year at PHCC with one year under his belt. He graduated PHCC with honors, moved on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration management (honors) in 1976, and in 1983, his MBA degree in management from the University of South Florida—Tampa. Gude then worked his way through the financial aid world to his current VP of financial aid solutions position at Regent Education, Inc. of Frederick, Maryland where he ensures Regent products and solutions reflect the real-time requirements of the higher education market. Gude is a retired Major of the Florida Army National Guard. He received numerous military awards including, Florida Commendation Medal, 1984; Army Achievement Medal, 1991; Army Commendation Medal, 1995; and U.S. Meritorious Service Medal, 1998.

Lucy MorganLucy Morgan—PHCC 1975

The renowned Florida journalist started her career at the St. Petersburg Times in the early 1970s when women rarely worked in news rooms and never in investigative reporting. Her relentless pursuit of truth led to dangerous confrontations with drug smugglers and corrupt public officials. Twice she refused to divulge her sources and was sentenced to jail. The Florida Supreme Court eventually overturned her sentence and granted reporters limited rights to protect confidential sources. In 1985, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In the 1990s, Morgan wrote about caring for her dying mother, which resulted in legislation changing elder rights. In 2006, Morgan was named to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, and in 2009 she received the inaugural PHCC Distinguished Alumni Award.
Lucy Morgan—In The News

Ted Schrader—PHCC 1976Ted Shrader

Ted Schrader is a fourth generation Pasco County resident and citrus grower. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Florida prior to becoming a real estate investor and a prominent politician. Schrader was re-elected for his fourth term on the Pasco County Commission for District 1, in August 2012. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Commission for six years. He is on the board of the Pasco Farm Bureau and has served on the board of Tampa Bay Water since 2000. Schrader is also the president of Winter Haven Citrus Growers Association.
Ted Schrader—In The News

Annie WilliamsAnnie D. Williams—PHCC 1977

Hernando County native Annie D. Williams was the first African-American woman to hold a countywide office in Hernando County. Williams worked her way from an elections office clerk as a high school student to elected supervisor of elections for Hernando County in 2000. Currently, Williams is finishing her third and final term. Williams holds many member and board seats within the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE), including Board of Directors, scholarship chair, Nominating Committee, Canvassing Board Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Williams is also a member, Board of Directors, at Hernando Healthcare.
Annie Williams—In The News

Kurt Browning—PHCC 1978Kurt Browning

Florida’s Secretary of State fell in love with the elections process during a high school summer internship at the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office. At 22, Kurt Browning was elected Pasco County’s supervisor of elections, the youngest supervisor in Florida. He would spend the next 26 years serving in that role maintaining “good, clean elections with accurate results.” In 2006, Governor Charlie Christ appointed Browning Florida’s Secretary of State. One of the responsibilities of that cabinet position is to be chief of elections for the state. In 2011, Governor Rick Scott reappointed Browning to the position. And, in 2012 Browning retired from his post for a spot on the November ticket to be elected Pasco County superintendent of schools. Browning is the recipient of the PHCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
Kurt Browning—In The News

Eva DavisEva Davis—PHCC 1979

Eva Davis is an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member at PHCC. She began her career as a work study student in financial aid, while pursuing her AS degree in office administration at the College. Prior to her role as advisor at the College, Davis obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and Master’s degree in instructional education both from Saint Leo University. Davis received the Student Government Association Distinguished Merit Award in 1995. She is a member of the PHCC President’s Institute—class of 2009, Hernando County Leadership—class of 2002, and Florida Association of Colleges (FAC).