Speakers

  • Portrait of Timothy L. Beard, PHSC President

    Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D.

    President, Pasco-Hernando State College

    President Timothy L. Beard Welcomes the Class of 2020 to the first virtual commencement ceremony in college history. 

    Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D. was named Pasco-Hernando State College’s fourth president in 2015. Dr. Beard has worked for PHSC since 2007, previously serving as vice president of student development and enrollment management. Under his leadership, PHSC’s enrollment increased more than 40 percent. Prior to this, Dr. Beard served as the dean of student affairs for the University of South Alabama in Mobile and the director of student affairs and enrollment manager at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

    During his career, he’s held positions including: director of graduate student and enrollment management services, director of instructional research assessment and special programs, and director of career services at Florida A&M—Florida State University in Tallahassee; and assistant career counseling and placement center director at Florida A&M University.

    Beard earned his doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He also holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Florida State University.

  • Portrait of Jessica LaBossiere

    Jessica LaBossiere, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, English; President, Faculty Senate, PHSC

    Jessica La Bossiere, Ph.D., addresses the spring 2020 graduating class.

    Jessica LaBossiere, Ph.D., is Faculty Senate President, and works to advocate on behalf of the faculty and strengthen lines of communication throughout the College. She has been with Pasco Hernando State College for 12 years, beginning as an adjunct instructor, then full-time at North Campus in Brooksville, before moving to the West Campus in New Port Richey in 2013.

    LaBossiere holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in literature from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in medieval and early modern British literature. Her particular area of interest is the way society employs the hero trope as a coping mechanism during difficult times.

  • Portrait of Marilyn Pearson-Adams

    Marilyn Pearson-Adams

    Chair, PHSC District Board of Trustees

    Marilyn Pearson-Adams (Brooksville) was elected to serve as chair, PHSC District Board of Trustees (DBOT), succeeding Alvaro Hernandez, for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Pearson-Adams, is the president of Century 21 Alliance Realty, a director with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as a board member of the Pasco Hernando Workforce Board. She has served on several professional committees and organizations, and holds relevant real estate industry certifications. Pearson-Adams has served on the PHSC DBOT since 2014.