Pasco-Hernando State College Search for Next President

Pasco-Hernando State College, an open access, multi-campus public college in west Florida, has been seeking a higher education administrator with substantial and successful leadership experience and a commitment for student success to serve as President. The President is responsible for all campus operations and services to ensure achievement of the strategic plan, mission, vision, and goals. The appointment for this executive position will be effective January 2024.

After a 17-year tenure at Pasco-Hernando State College, President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., will retire effective January 31, 2024.  As of that date, Beard will have served nearly nine years as the College’s CEO and, previously, more than eight years as PHSC’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. A nationwide search for Beard’s successor was conducted. The firm Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting led the campaign for the College’s fifth president in collaboration with a committee comprised of community stakeholders and PHSC faculty, staff and students.

The PHSC District Board of Trustees (DBOT) selected Jesse Pisors, Ed.D., to serve as PHSC’s fifth president in the college’s 51-year history. The decision was made at a board meeting held September 19, 2023 at the Spring Hill Campus, following trustee interviews with four finalists for the presidency. Read the full press release under the Links on This Page section.


February - Profile approved

March 1 - Advertising and email announcements sent

April 10 - Initial Search Committee Meeting

June 1 - Begin qualified applicants ranking

July 1 - Best consideration date

July 25 - Selection of candidates for Zoom interviews

August 8-9 - Zoom Interviews

September 5-9 - Campus visits of finalist

September 19 - Board meeting/selection of finalist/ announcement


A Presidential Candidate Town Hall Meeting to meet the 4 finalists was held on September 6, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Instructional Performing Arts Center in Wesley Chapel.

Meet and Greet receptions of the finalists were held on September 7, 2023 at each campus. These meetings were open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

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