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Scott appoints 4 to SPC board of trustees

Gov. Rick Scott announced appointments Friday for St. Petersburg College's board of trustees, where four of the five trustees have been serving after their terms expired.

Scott reappointed Deveron Gibbons, whose term expired more than a year ago, and Ken Burke, whose term expired in May.

Gibbons, 38, of St. Petersburg is vice president of public affairs at Amscot Corp. Burke, 51, serves as Pinellas County's clerk of the Circuit Court.

Gibbons' term now expires in May 2014 and Burke's in May 2015.

Scott also announced the appointments of two new board members, Robert J. Fine Jr. and Timothy O. North.

Fine, 46, of St. Petersburg has been president of Admiral Farragut Academy since 1998. North, 49, of Belleair is the president and chief executive officer of AmeriLife.

Trustees Dick Johnston and Evelyn Bilirakis were not reappointed. Fine replaces Johnston, whose term expired last year, and North replaces Bilirakis, whose term expired in May.

Both Johnston and Bilirakis applied to continue serving on the board.

"I'd like to still be involved in some way with the college," Johnston said. "It's a good institution."

Bilirakis said she was "fine" with the governor's decision.

"I'm happy I've been able to make a mark there and I've been there a long time," said Bilirakis, who is the mother of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and wife of former U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis. The couple are longtime benefactors of the college.

Both Johnston and Bilirakis became board members in 1999. Johnston also spent 11 years on the board from 1969 to 1980.

Chairman Terry Brett is the college's fifth trustee. His term expires in May 2012.

On Thursday, Scott also announced two trustee appointments at Hillsborough Community College: James T. Burt II and Andrew V. Pittman. Burt, 55, of Tampa is the managing member of MacDill Capital Partners L.L.C. Pittman, 41, of Tampa is the managing member and co-founder of ASAP Capital Partners L.L.C. Both of their terms expire in 2014.

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