MAY 2017

Gov. Scott appoints Samuel Garrison to SJR State Board

Samuel Garrison photo

St. Johns River State College welcomes its newest member of the District Board of Trustees.
Samuel Garrison was appointed this week by Governor Rick Scott to begin serving his one-year term.

Garrison, 40, of Fleming Island, is an attorney with Kopelousos, Bradley and Garrison, P.A. and previously served as an assistant state attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Garrison succeeds Ron Coleman and is appointed for a term beginning May 15, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018.

SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., said the College welcomes its newest Clay County representative and honors the service of outgoing Trustee, Ron Coleman. "We are honored to welcome this dedicated and talented individual to our Board," Pickens said. "Mr. Garrison’s impressive background, professional successes and community connections will be a positive contribution to our students, the College and its future growth."

“Education is the great equalizer, and the importance of St. Johns River State College's mission to our community cannot be overstated,” Garrison said. “I am honored to work with the Board of Trustees, President Pickens, the College's staff and faculty and, most importantly, our students as we move forward together.” Pickens said the College was fortunate to have had the outstanding foresight and direction of Board member Coleman, whose leadership made a permanent and positive impact on the College.

Currently serving on the District Board of Trustees is Chairman Mary Ellen Webb, representing St. Johns County, Vice Chairman Wendell Davis, representing Clay County; Denise Bramlitt, Marlene Lagasse and Brian Keith representing Putnam County; and Colonel Joseph "Mickey" Duren, representing St. Johns County.

St. Johns River State College operates full-service campuses in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Johns River State College.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
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