Board Of Trustees
Tom Lewis, of Panama City, is a life-long News Journalist who has spent the majority of his career in television news. Mr. Lewis graduated from Bay High School, is a proud alumnus of Gulf Coast Community College, and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications at Florida State University. He is currently the News Director at WMBB-TV News 13 in Panama City. He began his career with WMBB-TV back in 1980. He has a combined 35 years in local television with both WMBB and WJHG where he was also the News Director for 6 years. In addition, he helped run a start-up satellite channel for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). Mr. Lewis has won dozens of awards for his media work from the Florida Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA Regional Murrow Award), Society of Professional Journalists, the Telly Awards, and the Academy of Country Music. He has been involved in dozens of charitable campaigns and community organizations. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on October 30, 2015. Mr. Lewis was elected vice chair in January of 2019, and chair in January of 2021.
Boyd Bulger, of Port St. Joe, is President of the Bulger Company. Previously, he held leadership positions with CTI Foods and Tyson Foods. Mr. Bulger has served on the Universal Pure Advisory Board, has volunteered his time with the American Pecan Board, and he currently serves as Chair of the Rebuild Committee of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Bulger attended Gulf Coast State College before earning his bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University. He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2023.
Don Crisp, of Panama City Beach, retired as vice president of First American Title Insurance. He served as the chair of the board July 2015 – July 2017 and is a board member and past chair for the Panama City Port. He has previously served on the Bay County Airport Authority and the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. Mr. Crisp currently serves as chair of the board for Panama City Port and also served as president of several organizations including the Panama City Jaycees, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Land Title Association, and Exchange Club, among others. Throughout his professional career, he received several noteworthy awards, some of which include Outstanding Young Man and the Bay County Chamber’s Lauren Merriam Memorial Award. Mr. Crisp attended Marianna High School and Chipola College, and received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term beginning December 3, 2017, and ending May 31, 2021.
Frank Hall, of Lynn Haven, is the President, Panama City Market of BancorpSouth in Panama City. He is actively involved with the Panama City Port Authority, Florida State University Foundation, City of Lynn Haven – General Employee Pension Board, Florida State University (Panama City) Dean’s Council, Alignment Bay County, and the Bay County Half Cent Sales Tax Oversight Committee. Mr. Hall earned his associate’s degree in business administration from Gulf Coast Community College, his bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University, and his banking diploma from Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2022.
Steve Millaway, a native of Panama City, is a technology entrepreneur. During his career, he has worked for both public and private companies and started eight new businesses. He is currently President and CEO of Techfarms, LLC, a local technology incubator. Mr. Millaway is an investor in startup companies and enjoys exploring opportunities in emerging technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Electrical Engineering. He was reappointed for a term beginning December 3, 2017 and ending May 31, 2021.
C. David Powell, of Panama City, is the Commercial Lender Manager with Innovations Federal Credit Union. Previously, he held positions with Brown and Brown Insurance, Hancock Bank, and Peoples First Community Bank. Mr. Powell has been involved with the Bay County Military Affairs Committee, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay Education Foundation, the Anchorage Children’s Home, and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. He earned his associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College, his bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Florida State University, and his banking diploma from Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2022.
Floyd Skinner, of Panama City, is the President of Skinner Tax Consulting, Inc., a company he started in 1994. He served in and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. Mr. Skinner has volunteered his time with the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Board, Bay Medical Center Foundation and Board of Trustees, Salvation Army of Panama City, Gulf Coast State College Foundation, and the Florida State University -Panama City Dean’s Advisory Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama Birmingham and his master’s degree in taxation from the University of New Haven, Connecticut. He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2024.
Joe Tannehill, Jr., is President and CEO of MERRICK Industries, Inc., a custom-design capital goods manufacturing company based in Lynn Haven, Florida, serving industrial customers worldwide. He holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a MBA from Dartmouth College. Mr. Tannehill was reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis 2021 for a term set to expire May 31, 2022..
David Warriner is the president of Tapper and Company Properties Management, Inc., a hospitality and commercial property management company in Port St. Joe. He also serves as managing director for the George G. and Amelia G. Tapper Foundation that serves primarily the needs in Gulf, Bay and Franklin counties. A graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, he earned a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida in 1986. After graduation, he enjoyed a short career in banking and worked as a legislative assistant in both the Florida House and Senate. Mr. Warriner has an extensive background in community service in Bay, Gulf and Franklin County. Currently he serves on the Board of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Port Theatre Arts and Culture Center. He is the chairman of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and is an Advisory Council Member of the Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital. He has served in the capacity as President and/or Director of the Gulf Chamber of Commerce, Education Foundation of Gulf County, Inc., the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the Port St. Joe Lions Club. He is the past President of the GCSC Foundation and served on its Board for 12 years. Mr. Warriner was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term beginning December 7, 2017 and ending on May 31, 2021. Mr. Warriner was elected vice chair in January of 2021.
Derrick G. Bennett, a native of Panama City, has practiced law in Panama City for over thirty years and serves as General Counsel for the District Board of Trustees. Mr. Bennett holds a bachelor's degree of finance from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University. He has served as a board member of Bay Medical Center, Salvation Army, Northstar Church, and as the chair of the Panama City Beach Chamber.
Dr. John Holdnak, a former Gulf Coast employee, became the sixth president of the College in 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree in Leisure Services from Florida State University, a master's degree in Applied Psychology from FSU Panama City and an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in educational leadership from University of West Florida. He most recently served as Executive Vice Chancellor for the Florida College System.