Board of Trustees Members

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Robert Fine   Robert J. Fine Jr., Chairman

Robert J. Fine Jr., of St. Petersburg, has been president of Admiral Farragut Academy since 1998 and has served in various positions at the school since 1989. He has been a member of the Florida Council of Independent Schools since 1989 and served on the board of directors from 2005 to 2009. Fine is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and National Association of Independent Schools. He is also past president of the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools. Fine received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and master’s degree from National Louis University. Fine succeeds Richard Johnston and is appointed for a term beginning April 23, 2012, and ending May 31, 2014.

Dale Oliver   Jeffrey "Dale" Oliver, Vice Chairman

Dale Oliver, of St. Petersburg, is the vice president of strategic planning for Power Grid Engineering, LLC, a Winter Springs based engineering firm specializing in electric utility engineering consulting. Previously, he served as Vice President at Progress Energy from 2001-2012 and spent almost 20 years in various leadership roles at Georgia Power. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Anthony’s Hospital. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Georgia and a graduate of Leadership Florida. Oliver was appointed in December 2012; his term expires in May, 2015.

Bridgette Bello   Bridgette Bello

Bridgette Bello of Seminole is the president and publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal and became the first woman publisher in the newspaper’s 25-year history. Previously, she was Director of Advertising for The Business Journal in Tallahassee. Bello received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She is on the Executive Committee for the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, the Florida Economic Education Business Hall of Fame - Selection Committee, Board of Fellows - University of Tampa, Board of Directors for The Spring of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg College’s College of Business Advisory Committee. She was the St. Petersburg Chamber Business Woman of the Year for 2011. Bello was appointed in May, 2013; her term expires in May, 2015.

Deveron Gibbons   Deveron M. Gibbons

Deveron M. Gibbons, of St. Petersburg, has been vice president of Public Affairs with the Amscot Corporation since 2005. Previously, he was senior government affairs advisor at Holland and Knight from 2003 to 2005 and director of government affairs for the Department of Community Affairs from 2000 to 2001. A St. Petersburg native, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1995 and his master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Florida in 2006. His association with SPC began at age 3, when he would accompany his mother to the library on what is now the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Originally appointed in June, 2006, Gibbons was reappointed for a term beginning April 23, 2012, and ending May 31, 2014.

Bridgette Mills   Lauralee Westine

Lauralee Westine of Palm Harbor is an attorney with Lauralee Westine Law Offices PA. She has earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law and her MBA from Stetson University Graduate School of Business. After leaving the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office in 1999, she has been zoning and permitting cell towers and other type towers throughout the State of Florida. Westine was appointed in September, 2013; her term expires in May 2017.

SPC President Bill Law serves as secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Trustees emeriti of St. Petersburg College (formerly known as St. Petersburg Junior College) since the Board of Trustees was created in 1968 are:

Arthur Libby Albers*
Philip Benjamin*
Evelyn Bilirakis
Stanley A. Brandimore*
Terrence E. Brett
L. Chauncey Brown*
Janice C. Buchanan
Kenneth P. Burke
Laurel J. Chadwick
Pamela Jo Davis
William W. Gilkey*
Thomas H. Gregory
Lacy R. Harwell*
Paul Hatchett*
James E. Hendry*
Ann G. Hines*
H. W. Holland*
W. Richard Johnston
Susan D. Jones
Cecil B. Keene*
Joseph H. Lang
(designated Chairman Emeritus)
Beatrice Lewis*
E. C. Marquardt*
J. Patrick McElroy
Demos A. Megaloudis*
Gary Megaloudis
Reina C. Pollack
Kenneth T. Welch
Mac J. Williams*
Robert C. Young
* deceased

You can contact SPC's Board of Trustees by e-mail at board@spcollege.edu or by calling 727-341-3241.