Pinellas Education Foundation president to step down in 2017
Pinellas Education Foundation president Terry Boehm announced Wednesday that he will retire from the educational nonprofit next year.
Boehm, who has served as president of the foundation since 2001, is scheduled to leave his position in January 2017 to focus on a new program called Future Plans USA LLC, a career-assessment tool that aims to guide individuals to an in-demand career, according to a press release. He currently serves as president of both organizations, and stated in an email that he will still be involved with the foundation as he intends to "scale up" Future Plans for its benefit.
"I have been very fortunate to work with so many supportive and dedicated volunteers and staff members over the years," Boehm wrote in an email to board and committee members Wednesday. "While I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 15 years, this is also a good time for the Foundation to identify a new leader that can take the organization to the next level."
Gary Regoli, vice chair of the foundation and CEO of Achieva Credit Union, will lead a nationwide search for the the foundation's next president president which could take six to nine months, according to the press release.
Boehm has previously led the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Polk Education Foundation, and is an active member and past chairman of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation. He also serves on the Pinellas Economic Development Council Board, the Pinellas Job Corps Center Director’s Steering Committee, National Schools Foundation Association Board of Directors and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.
Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego said he began working with Boehm in 1988 in Hillsborough County, where Grego began building his career in education. He said he appreciated Boehm's work with Ford's Next Generation Learning initiative, which aims to transform high school education with career-themed academies.
"I believe Mr. Boehm in many ways set the bar for educational foundation in the state and the nation," Grego said. "He's not afraid of hard work. He's not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting it done."
The foundation, which is made of up of local business and community leaders, seeks to improve education in Pinellas County by raising money for student scholarships and teacher recognition.