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SFSC Trustees elect new officers

— During its July 23 meeting, the South Florida State College District Board of Trustees elected Kenneth Lambert as chair, Kris Rider as vice chair and reelected Lana Puckorius as the board’s liaison to the SFSC Foundation Inc.

“I’m excited about the continued continuity of excellence at SFSC and even more encouraged with our new focus on diversity of meaningful educational opportunities for our students,” Lambert said.

Lambert, of Wauchula, was recently vice chair of the SFSC District Board of Trustees and succeeds Joe Wright as chair. He has been a trustee since 2011 and represents Hardee County. He is the managing director of Summit105 group, a marketing and strategic planning services company. Previously, he was the vice president of enterprise solutions for Knowledge-Based Marketing Group, a senior vice president for Merrill Corporation from 2009 to 2011, a self-employed marketing services consultant from 2007 to 2009, senior vice president of Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing from 1989 to 2007, and vice president and officer with First Union National Bank from 1983 to 1989.

Lambert served as a commissioner of Wauchula from 2004 to 2009 and as mayor from 2000 to 2004. He received an associate degree from SFSC and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Rider was appointed to the SFSC District Board of Trustees in 2011 and represents Highlands County. A native Floridian, Rider is a resident of Lake Placid and has lived in Highlands County since 1966. She is a graduate of Lake Placid High School and received her associate degree from SFSC in 2000. She has worked with her husband, attorney Michael A. Rider, as bookkeeper since 1981. For the last 20 years, she has been active on several committees and boards concerning education and the promotion of scholarship.

Rider served on the Lay Advisory Team of Lake Placid High School and was one of the founders of Project Graduation. She is the past president of Scholarship Recognition Inc. of Highlands County and recently served on the grants board of a local charitable organization. For the last 12 years, she has been a mentor with the Take Stock in Children program.

Puckorius, of Avon Park, has served as a trustee since 2011 and represents Highlands County. She is a retired certified financial planner practitioner. Previously she was president of Puckorius and Associates Inc. from 1987 to 2009. She has been a board member with SFSC Foundation Inc. since 2005 and served as president from 2009 to 2011.

The SFSC District Board of Trustees is composed of eight members, all of whom are appointed by Florida’s governor.