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Governor appoints two Spring Hill residents to serve as PHSC trustees


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SPRING HILL - Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed two Spring Hill residents to serve on the District Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College.

John Dougherty, 55, managing member of investment advisory firm Dougherty & Associates, LLC, was appointed in December, and Morris Porton, 67, who has served on the board since November 2011, was reappointed by the governor, according to the college.

"Both trustees are dedicated to the accessibility and quality of higher education in the community," said Katherine M. Johnson, PHSC president. "We are very pleased by the appointment of John Dougherty and the reappointment of Morris Porton to the Board, especially during this exciting time in the College's history."

Dougherty, of Spring Hill, has 25 years of experience as a CPA and financial planner, according to the college.

He was elected to the PHCC Foundation Board of Directors in June 1997 and served a two-year term as chair from 2008 to 2010, according to the college.

Also, he is a past president of the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, received his bachelor's degree from LaSalle University, and his master's degree from New York University.

His appointment as a trustee began Dec. 17 and runs through May 31, 2015, according to the college.

Porton, also of Spring Hill, is a senior vice president at Florida Traditions Bank with 44 years of banking experience, the college stated.

He has served on the board of directors for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce since 1995, as a member of the PHCC Foundation Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011, and has participated in various community services, according to the college.

Porton earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, a banking degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and he is also a Hernando County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy, according to the college.

He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1965 to 1966. His reappointment began Dec. 17 and will end May 31, 2017.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate, according to the college.

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