Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pat Land - English Teacher To Campus President

Dr. Land Joins Hendry/Glades Center

LABELLE, FL. --  Dr. Patricia Land expands her role as Campus President to include the Hendry/Glades Center at Edison State College.

Edison State College President Kenneth Walker said, "The entire community of LaBelle, Clewiston, Alva and Moore Haven will benefit from her exceptional experience in administration combined with her longstanding familiarity with the local community."

The expansion is a homecoming for Dr. Land who taught 7th and 8th grade English at Clewiston Middle School in the 1970�s.  "I have a real appreciation for the two counties," Dr. Land says.  "I feel a strong connection to the people we serve."  A seasoned administrator, Dr. Land will continue her current position as ESC�s Charlotte County Campus President and expanding her position as head of the Hendry/Glades Center.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity for the people of our community," said Randall Parrish Jr., Edison State College Board of Trustee member representing Hendry County. "With the vision and leadership Dr. Land will bring to the Hendry/Glades Center many generations of students will be able to thrive," said Julia G. Perry, Edison Board of Trustee Member representing Glades County.

The Hendry Glades Center anticipates major growth in the future.  The College received a generous land gift from the Paul family of Hendry County and the Bonita Bay Group.  This gift combined with Edison State College�s "Help Grow a Campus" capital campaign will enable the institution to build a one thousand student campus in Western Hendry County near the intersection of State Roads 80 and 29.  The College continues to actively develop this concept; however, no date for expansion has been identified.

This campus will become an educational and cultural center that will one day become home to two and four year degree programs. 

Dr. Land earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee. She earned a bachelor and masters degree in Education from the University of Florida.  She and her husband Tom have two sons, Alex and Elliot.

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