St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees

2024 Meetings

2023 Meetings

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St. Petersburg College Board of Trustee members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. Generally, the role of the Board is described as that of policy and finance and the role of the President is described as administration and management.

Board Members

Bridgette Bello

Jason Butts, Chair

Jason Butts, of Palm Harbor, is the Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development for SimplyIOA and Insurance Office of America. Previously, he was the Founder and Owner of Commonwealth Insurance of the Bay Area. He is a member of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and serves on the board of the YMCA of North Pinellas and Greater Palm Harbor.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida.

Butts was appointed for a term beginning March 26, 2021 and ending May 31, 2023.

Deveron M. Gibbons

Deveron M. Gibbons, Vice Chair

Deveron M. Gibbons, of St. Petersburg, is CEO/Executive Director of Revenue Based Finance Coalition. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development at Amscot Corporation.

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. He earned his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law. 

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 to a four-year term.

Katherine E. Cole

Katherine E. Cole

Katherine E. Cole, of Belleair, is an attorney and shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson, where her practice primarily involves representing real estate owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions. Her practice areas also include land use and zoning, code enforcement and environmental permitting.

Cole earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1995, and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2007.

Cole is the Chair-Elect for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a former member of the Charter Review Committees for both the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County.

Additionally, Cole currently serves on the Board of Directors for Morton Plant Mease Hospital. Since 2009, Cole has served on the Omelette Party committee, an annual fundraising event for The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. Cole was appointed for a term beginning March 24, 2017 and ending May 31, 2021.

Thomas Kidwell

Thomas Kidwell

Thomas Kidwell, of St. Petersburg, is Vice President of Wealth Management for Cyndeo Wealth Partners.

Kidwell is a Yale University graduate and former Minor League Baseball player and coach with the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Prior to UBS, Kidwell worked as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He also serves as a board member with the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League. Kidwell is appointed to a four-year term.

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*
  • Bridgette Bello
  • Philip Benjamin*
  • Evelyn Bilirakis
  • Stanley A. Brandimore*
  • Terrence E. Brett
  • L. Chauncey Brown*
  • Janice Buchanan Swartz
  • Kenneth P. Burke
  • Laurel J. Chadwick*
  • Pamela Jo Davis
  • Robert J. Fine Jr.
  • Bill Foster
  • 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
  • Tim Noth
  • Dale Oliver
  • Reina C. Pollack
  • Nathan Stonecipher
  • Kenneth T. Welch
  • Lauralee Westine
  • Mac J. Williams*
  • Robert C. Young

* deceased

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

The Board of Trustees Governance Guide acquaints board members with their authority and responsibilities at St. Petersburg College.