Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Proven talent, fresh start

“I’m deeply honored and humbled that I was chosen to be the founding provost of what will be a flagship campus at this institution.” Stan Giannet, provost of PHCC’s North Campus who will lead the new Porter Campus

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

“I’m deeply honored and humbled that I was chosen to be the founding provost of what will be a flagship campus at this institution.” Stan Giannet, provost of PHCC’s North Campus who will lead the new Porter Campus

BROOKSVILLE — Stan Giannet has always made it a point to immerse himself in the community.

As the provost of Pasco-Hernando Community College's North Campus, Giannet has served on a host of boards and committees, led training workshops, given keynote speeches and routinely met with community stakeholders.

Many Hernando leaders agree: His presence is invaluable.

Especially at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

For years, Giannet, 44, a psychologist, has lent his expertise to Sheriff's Office crisis response team training sessions, helping to run training scenarios and offering critiques and advice.

And he does it all at no cost.

"He's got a very caring heart," said sheriff's Col. Mike Maurer. "He's always offered himself and his expertise."

But after seven years leading the Brooksville campus and serving as its community voice, Giannet is moving on. On July 1, he will become provost of the new Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel.

"I'm deeply honored and humbled that I was chosen to be the founding provost of what will be a flagship campus at this institution," he said.

He expects the central Pasco campus to grow rapidly.

Donna Burdzinski, the current dean of student enrollment and retention at PHCC's West Campus in New Port Richey, will take over Giannet's responsibilities in Brooksville.

The new campus is expected to open in January. Giannet, who lives in New Port Richey and earns a base salary of $108,942, said he will spend the first months in his new job building the faculty and staff and, of course, forging new relationships in the community.

He knows a little bit about that.

Giannet has been a staunch advocate of the United Way of Hernando County, serving on its board for nearly seven years, said executive director Kathy Jones.

"Dr. Giannet pushes you without you even knowing it," Jones said. "He pushes you to that next level.

She said Giannet has been a constant source of ideas and that she has learned a lot from him.

One of his biggest influences: creating a strong ethics committee.

He emphasized the importance of a good ethics committee and strong stewardship of the agency's roughly $500,000 annual budget, Jones said.

Aside from that, she said Giannet is caring and compassionate.

"He makes me want to be a better person," she said.

He also puts everyone around him at ease, she said.

One other thing everyone notices: Giannet does it with style.

"He's probably one of the sharpest-dressing guys," said Maurer, of the Sheriff's Office.

Added Jones: "His hair always looks good."

Giannet quickly moved up the ranks at PHCC after beginning as an adjunct professor about 20 years ago.

In 1997, he was hired as a full-time professor of psychology, later becoming dean of the division of arts and sciences and, eventually, provost in Brooksville.

"My roots with the college are very deep," Giannet said. "I've been driven with passion and energy and enthusiasm — focused on things that provide meaning for me and focused on helping people."

During his tenure as provost, Giannet has shepherded the North Campus through a time of tremendous growth — and subsequent contraction with the opening of the Spring Hill Campus in 2010.

Between 2005 and 2010, Giannet said, the North Campus saw a 67 percent increase in the number of full-time students, including a 94 percent increase in students seeking associate of arts degrees and a 102 percent increase in students going for associate of science degrees and technical certificates.

Over roughly that same period, there also was a boom in course offerings, which Giannet said was a priority for him. The campus added 309 classes, including more online and hybrid online/face-to-face courses.

Many of the additions were workforce courses, providing more opportunities for people wanting to go into social work or become a paralegal or an emergency medical technician/ paramedic.

But one of the things Giannet is most proud of is that the majority of students on campus say they are pleased with the education they are getting and with PHCC.

In the most recent student satisfaction survey, 94 percent of the students said they were satisfied with faculty instruction. Even more — 98 percent — said they were satisfied with the physical campus.

"It's always humbling to me," Giannet said.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432.

Proven talent, fresh start 04/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  2. Sue Carlton: Job or family when a hurricane's coming — a very Florida conundrum

    Hurricanes

    It must seem as foreign to Northerners as shoveling snow is to those of us raised in the Sunshine State: The very-Florida conundrum of having to choose between work and family — between paycheck and personal safety — when a hurricane comes.

    A hurricane helps the rest of us acknowledge the police officers, paramedics, hospital personnel, public works employees and others who stay on the job despite the storm. 
  3. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

    Blogs

    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.
  4. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

    Blogs

    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  5. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.