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Hillsborough Education Foundation's president resigns

TAMPA — The Hillsborough Education Foundation, which raises private support for the school system, is losing its longtime president.

Bill Hoffman, 55, resigned this week, citing differences he would not specify between his goals and those of the governing board.

"I have enjoyed my time there but I feel it is time to move on," he said Wednesday.

Hoffman has worked for nonprofit organizations for 33 years, nine of them at the education foundation.

He said he will stay for an undetermined period while the board searches for a replacement. The foundation, which raises $5 million a year in donations, provides scholarships and other types of educational support that tax dollars do not cover.

These include career and college preparation, Nature's Classroom in Thonotosassa, and yearly awards including teacher of the year.

It operates Teaching Tools, a school supply "store" that provides free, donated merchandise for low-income schools. It is also fiscal agent for Empowering Effective Teachers, the training and assessment program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chairman Mike Poland described Hoffman's departure as amicable. "Bill is a valuable leader, and we wish him well," he said.

In a prepared statement, he added that as the organization refines its focus, "we plan to bring in a new leader that will continue to work with the business community and our other partners to support public education in areas that significantly impact student lives and the community as a whole."

Architect and board member Sol Fleischman Jr., who hired Hoffman when he was chairman, said he was surprised by the news. "He did a fabulous job for us for many years," he said.

Marlene Sokol can be reached at (813) 226-3356 or

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