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Pasco-Hernando Community College

Pasco�Hernando State College (PHSC) is a state college in Pasco County and Hernando County, Florida. With five campuses in Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Wesley Chapel PHSC serves Pasco and Hernando counties in the central west coast of Florida. It is the youngest 4-year State college in Florida. The name of the school changed from Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) on January 21, 2014.


10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey

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In the mid-1960s, community leaders lobbied to bring publicly supported higher education to Pasco and Hernando counties. In 1967, the Florida Legislature founded Pasco-Hernando Community College�the 28th and final link to the state's system of community colleges. Shortly afterward, a 100-acre parcel on Blanton Road in Dade City was purchased for $125,000 to establish PHCC's first location, now known as the East Campus. Dr. Milton O. Jones, a St. Petersburg Junior College dean, was named PHCC's first president in 1972. Charged with serving a diverse, 1,200 square mile district, Dr. Jones and 11 dedicated employees worked around the clock to establish the new college�holding classes in schools, storefronts, churches, libraries and neighboring Saint Leo University. Expanding Higher Education The College's East Campus in Dade City, was dedicated by Florida Gov. Reuben Askew in 1975. The West Campus in New Port Richey was established in 1977 on 140 acres of pristine property donated by rancher Alric C.T. Pottberg. PHCC secured 100 acres on U.S. 98 in Brooksville for the North Campus, the first Hernando County location, in 1977. The Spring Hill Center opened in 1979 to serve central and western Hernando County, later closing to make way for the permanent Spring Hill Campus on U.S. 19. The new nine-building Spring Hill Campus was established in the fall of 2010. After the Porter family donated 60 acres of prime real estate in southeast Pasco County, the College broke ground on a fifth full-service campus. The multi-storied, urban style Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch opened in January 2014, enrolling more than 1,600 students. In December 2012, the College was reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees. On January 21, 2014 the College's District Board of Trustees (DBoT) revised the College's mission to include offering bachelor's degrees and voted to officially change its name to Pasco-Hernando State College. Three Leaders, One Vision Since the College's inception, three consecutive leaders developed resources, fostered community involvement and inspired academic excellence. The College's founding president, Dr. Milton O. Jones, served the College for 22 years, retiring in 1994. Dr. Robert W. Judson, Jr., a vice president with two decades of tenure at the College, became the first African-American community college president in Florida. Upon Dr. Judson's retirement in 2005, Dr. Katherine M. Johnson, formerly president of North Carolina's Nash Community College, was named PHSC's third president. The College thrived under the leadership of all three presidents. During Dr. Johnson's administration, the College opened both the Spring Hill and Porter campuses and transitioned to a state college

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Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multicampus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.



Kurt S. Browning Youngest Supervisor of Elections for Pasco County, Florida's Secretary of State Greg Jones Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Jay Forry National syndicated film critic known as "The Nation's Only Blind Movie critic. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live! Danny Huffor Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League John Legg Current member of the Florida House of Representatives George Lowe Voice actor who starred in Space Ghost Coast to Coast Lucy Morgan Journalist; winner of 1985 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting; won American Association of Community Colleges 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award Robert Schenck Current member of the Florida House of Representatives Wilton Simpson Current member of the Florida Senate Robert L. White Sheriff of Pasco County from 2000 to 2011



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