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Winners & Losers 10/27/16

Winners

Allison Hill
The Gulf Breeze High graduate has been named the chief executive officer of Lakeview Center, Inc., making her only the third CEO in its 62-year history. She will assume the new role on Dec. 1 and replace Gary Bembry, who is retiring after 19 years with the social services agency. Hill came to Lakeview Center after a 10-year span at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland and Gund accounting firm. She served Lakeview Center as chief financial officer for 11 years. Then in 2014, she became chief operating officer assuming responsibility for translating Lakeview Center’s strategic vision into daily operations.

Pensacola State College
Out of more than 5,500 colleges, Pensacola State College is on the list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, according to Community College Week magazine. This is the eighth straight year the college has received this national recognition. The ranking is based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics in the 2014-2015 academic year. Community College Week put Pensacola State 79th overall in awarding associate degrees in all disciplines, non-minority.

Panhandle Charitable Open
The Panhandle Charitable Open recently set a fundraising record during its 15th Anniversary event held at the end of September. All of the $210,000 net proceeds of the PCO support local charity organizations in the Pensacola area and the event is run and managed entirely by volunteers, under the leadership of John Peacock.

Losers

Ashton Hayward
The mayor of Pensacola traveled with former President Bill Clinton’s entourage for the Hillary Clinton rally held at the city’s E.E. Cobb Resource Center but didn’t stay for Clinton’s speech. Hayward slipped out of the gym after introducing Commissioner Lumon May, but not without being noticed by the crowd. Funny, no photos of the mayor with President Clinton appeared on the city’s or the mayor’s Facebook pages.

Escambia County School District
Escambia County has one of the largest percentages of at-risk students in Florida. Its elementary and middle schools are among the worst in the state. When Florida TaxWatch announced this year’s top performing principals who help students achieve in Florida’s high-risk public schools, none of the principals were from Escambia County. No nominations were accepted for the awards; the Principal Leadership Awards is an entirely data-driven program based on performance and results. Maybe the winners could hold a seminar in Pensacola.

Ken Detzner
U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker blasted Florida’s Secretary of State over a provision of state law that allowed election supervisors to declare a ballot illegal if a vote-by-mail ballot does not match the signature on file, even though the law offers a fix for ballots that come in with no signature at all. Judge Walker said the law threatens the right to vote, calling it an “obscene” disenfranchisement. He directed state officials to fix the problem.