Robert Judson, Former President of Pasco-Hernando State College, Dies
Dr. Judson was hired as the college’s first instructor. He became the college’s second president and first African American to be named president of a community college in the Florida Community College system.
NEW PORT RICHEY – Robert Judson, Ed.D., the second president of Pasco-Hernando State College and the first African-American president of a Florida community college, died Monday (Sept. 17, 2018). He was 77.
Dr. Judson began his career with PHSC in 1972, when the community college, known as the college without walls, was in the process of opening its doors to Pasco and Hernando county communities.
Dr. Judson was hired as the college’s first instructor and counselor/recruiter, subsequently teaching the first ever PHSC course ever offered. The next year, Dr. Judson moved into a role as the college’s first coordinator of financial aid, where he wrote grants for student aid programs and was responsible for veterans’ affairs, college-wide.
He received his doctoral degree in education in 1976, and in, 1977, became dean at East Campus. Dr. Judson made Florida history, becoming the first African-American to be named the president of a community
college in the Florida Community College System. Under his leadership, the college saw exponential growth.
“Bob Judson was a remarkable leader,” said Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., current PHSC president. “He worked his way up the ladder, knew every inch of the college, understood our students, and helped realize the college’s potential. “He was admired and respected for his vision and his authenticity.”
Dr. Judson opened a three-story health building, housing state-of-the-art equipment on West Campus as well as helped establish radiography and drafting and design programs, still popular today. Additionally, Dr. Judson led the building of a child care center on West Campus; opened the Public Service Technology building on East Campus in Dade City, where Aviation, Law Enforcement, and Corrections, and Fire Academy are currently housed; remodeled North Campus in Brooksville; and purchased the land for a permanent Spring Hill Campus, which was erected in 2010. He also facilitated a partnership with the University of South Florida to offer formal four-year degree programs on PHSC campuses.
In an interview for the college’s 30-year anniversary commemorative book, Dr. Judson said, “I want to be known as a president who intelligently expands the college for the good of all concerned. I hope I’m remembered as a president who was sensitive to the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. Most of all, I hope I’ve distinguished myself as a president who helped makePHSC a great college and a wonderful place to learn and work.”
Beard said, “The college community will remember his leadership. He will always have a place in college history and in the hearts and minds of the many PHSC faculty, staff and the students he influenced.”
Photo of Robert Judson, Ed.D., courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College.
Robert Judson | Pasco-Hernando State College | Deaths | Obituaries | Tampabay News
#RobertJudson #PascoHernandoStateCollege #Deaths #Obituaries #TampabayNews