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Wilkerson Appointed by Governor To Join OWCC Trustees

09/18/2002

Wesley Wilkerson of Santa Rosa Beach has been appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Okaloosa-Walton Community College District Board of Trustees to represent Walton County. He replaces Larry Anchors, of Santa Rosa Beach, who served 8 years on the board. Wilkerson will formally join the board as a voting member upon receipt of his commission by the Secretary of State. He has been appointed to a four-year term of service.

Wilkerson, formerly of DeFuniak Springs, currently resides in Seagrove Beach, with his wife, Jennifer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in administration and supervision from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Wilkerson is a retired educator who served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator in the Walton County school system. The majority of his 30-year educational career was as the district-wide administrator of operations in which he supervised many facets of the school system, including insurance, finance, lunch and transportation programs, and facilities planning and maintenance.

Wilkerson maintains a family enterprise and is a state registered building contractor. He is a past director with SunTrust Banks and is currently the chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank of DeFuniak Springs.

Governor Bush also reappointed Esteena “Teena” K. Wells of DeFuniak Springs and Connie Hall of Niceville to serve four-year terms as college trustees.

Wells was originally appointed as an OWCC trustee in 2000 and previously served as a director on the OWCC Foundation board. Wells has also been a member of the Walton County DeFuniak Springs Library board for 30 years and is a founding member of the Lakeside Symphony Guild.

Hall was originally appointed by the governor as an OWCC trustee in 1999. She is a guidance counselor at Meigs Middle School and holds a doctorate in education from the University of West Florida.

The District Board of Trustees is the governing body of OWCC, with authority over instructional programs, finance, personnel and all other functions of the college. The trustees meet on the third Tuesday of every other month in open session at the OWCC Niceville campus. The next scheduled trustee meeting is November 19.

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