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Following a national search, C. Edward “Ed” Meadows was selected as Pensacola Junior College’s sixth president and began leading the College in June 2008. Meadows had previously served as president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Alabama.

NASA astronaut and PJC alumnus Alan Poindexter took a specially minted, gold PJC medallion with him on a 5.3 million mile Atlantis space shuttle mission in February 2008. In June, he presented the medallion to President Meadows and College officials.

In 2008, the Foundation hosts the inaugural Holiday Grand Gala celebrating 60 years of learning.  The gala would transition to the Holiday Experience to showcase the PSC student experience in 2015.

In 2009, the PSC Foundation hosted the inaugural Garde Manger as an opportunity for Culinary students to share their skills with President Circle donors who attend this event as a Thank You for their support.

In August 2009, the Edward M. Chadbourne Library was dedicated after a $9 million renovation and expansion. The spacious facility was named in honor of Ed Chadbourne, a PJC alumnus, who through the Chadbourne Foundation gifted more than $700,000 for student scholarships that were matched by the State of Florida to create the largest endowed scholarship held at the College Foundation.

In 2009, the Foundation hosted the inaugural Day of Clays fundraiser with Ferd Saloman as the honorary Day of Clays chair.

In December 2009, the Hobbs Center for Teaching Excellence was dedicated on the Pensacola Campus. During the ceremony, Pensacola Junior College President Ed Meadows and University of West Florida President Judy Bense signed a partnership allowing UWF students to join PJC students in benefiting from the state-of-the-art facility. The Hobbs Center, created through a $1 million gift, benefits adult education students as well as students enrolled in college-credit classes in order to become teachers.

In 2012 PSCF hosted its first guided quail hunt at Dennis Lake.   This friend raiser was presented by Chair Gerry Goldstein to the Board to cultivate current and new prospects.

PSC welcomed the opening of a stunning 13,500-square-foot facility to house the PACE Center for Girls in fall 2013 – the only PACE Center in Florida located on a college campus.

In 2014, the Friends of Performing Arts “FOPA” membership group was founded.

The Lamar, Reilly, and Switzer families presented a $1 million gift for construction of the Charles W. Lamar Studio at PSC’s Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

In June 2015, the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Dining Room and endowed scholarship was dedicated in memory of Molly McGuire, a beloved restaurateur known for her unmatched hospitality.

In 2016, dental hygiene faculty member Donna Mathias was awarded the Margaret Moore Nickelsen Endowed Teaching Chair.

In 2016, Dr. Marjan Mazza donates $250,000 to help support students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in business at Pensacola State College.  Her donation endows a scholarship in Dr. Mazza’s name.  Dr. Mazza serves as a mentor by interviewing candidates for the scholarship that students pursue while enrolled in the various majors in the Dr. Marjan Mazza Baccalaureate in Business and Management.

In 2016, dental hygiene faculty member Barbara Tarwater was awarded the Mary Ekdahl Smart Endowed Teaching Chair.

In February 2018, the Charles W. Lamar Studio at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts opened with a grand celebration to thank the Lamar, Reilly, and Switzer families for their continued support of Pensacola State. Their generous donations allowed Pensacola State’s Visual Arts center to become the preeminent art gallery and institutional facility in Northwest Florida.

In 2018, the Friends of Culinary Arts “FOCA” membership group was founded.

In August 2018, the late Carl Duke, former head of Pensacola State’s Visual Arts department, bequeathed a sizable portion of his art collection to the College.  More than 400 pieces were donated to Pensacola State with the stipulation the artwork be used to help visual arts students further their education. Pieces from the collection were available during the Bill Clover Memorial Auction held in October in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

In August 2018, Pensacola State College Foundation launched the second comprehensive campaign in the College’s history to raise funds for Workforce, Scholarships, Fund for Excellence and a Conference Center.

The lead donor to the campaign in 2018 was Gulf Power Foundation that pledged $150,000 to help found the PSC Nonprofit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy.

In August 2018, Pensacola State College received nearly $40,000 to help students pay for the cost of higher education.  A majority of the scholarship dollars ─ $27,220 ─ were donated by Florida Blue, the Helios Education First Generation Scholars program, and Bank of America’s Dream Makers First Generation Scholars program.

In November 2018, ground was broken for the $15 million east wing of the Baars Technology Building which houses the College’s cybersecurity program and the mathematics lab. Both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties donated to help provide the local match required to meet State eligibility guidelines for funding.

In December 2018, the Gulf Power Foundation pledged $150,000 to Pensacola State College to help establish training for nonprofit organizations’ professional staffs and boards.  The first $30,000 donation will be used to develop Certified Fund Raising Executive courses on funding diversification, board development, grant writing, comprehensive campaigns, and donor-centered proposals and presentations.

Former trustee, Dona Usry and her husband Milton Usry donated $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship to support accounting students.  The College dedicated the Dona and Milton Usry Board Room in building 7 in their honor.

In January 2019, painting and drawing faculty member Paula Work was awarded the Anna Lamar Switzer Endowed Teaching Chair.

In 2019, former Escambia County Commission Gene Valentino and his wife Maureen gift a property and cash valued at $270,000 to help launch an entrepreneurship program at the College.  The College dedicated the Gene and Maureen Valentino Lecture Hall in their honor in 2020.

In 2019, Ron and Jan Miller name the College as the beneficiary of a $2.4M Charitable Remainder Unitrust and become the Lead Gift for the College’s Comprehensive Campaign.

In 2019, PSC Foundation receives $50,000 from the Martin Family, McGuires Management Corporation and Irish Politicians Club members. The endowed scholarship named for Molly McGuire Culinary Arts students becomes a $300,000 endowment.  Founder of the Irish Politician’s Club, James R. Reeves and members of the Martin family commit to raise the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Scholarship to $500,000 by 2023.

In the face of a pandemic, PSC students struggle to continue their education and program of study, so the Foundation launches a student relief fund and receives $79,000 in gifts to help students pay for essentials like food, utilities and rent.

Challenges tied to virtual fundraising result in the implementation of rewarding virtual meet and greets between student scholarship recipients and the donors providing support.

In December 2020, the inaugural Change Maker Program encouraged more than $175,000 in donations made toward scholarships for Pensacola State College students. The fundraising program was the brainchild of the Prices who are major supporters of the College’s annual Holiday Experience that was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. To help bolster scholarships for students who had lost jobs and incomes due to the pandemic they founded the Change Maker program with a $100,000 gift.   The goal of $50,000 in additional donations was exceeded as local philanthropists and business partners stepped up to provide another $75,000 in gifts.

The Foundation received its last gift of 2020 from Donald McMahon III, a governor emeritus. Mr. McMahon continued his commitment and leadership by giving $127,500 toward his $250,000 pledge to support students pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity and closely related fields.

In 2021 – The Foundation publicly announces reaching the 1/2 way point in an $11M comprehensive campaign.

In 2021, PSCF celebrated the tenth anniversary of the annual Quail Hunt.  Supporters who have attended Foundation Quail Hunt every year since it started include: Gulf Power Company, Dr. James Balcom and Dr. Dale Zorn.

Under Dr. Meadows tenure, 6001 donors have given $19,747,926 to the college.  The average gift from these donors was $851.  The top 11 donors to this point in Dr. Meadows tenure have made 135 gifts to support the college.  The total of their giving equates to $6,704,149 for an average gift value of $49,660.