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Trustees' review: PHCC leader nearly perfect

Pasco Hernando Community College President Robert Judson received a near-perfect job evaluation Monday night from the college's Board of Trustees, who called him "vigilant" and a state leader in higher education.

"He has the tremendous respect of the Legislature and the tremendous respect of his peers," said board Chairwoman Jeanne Gavish. Judson, she said, is "sensitive to our issues and needs while making them a reality."

Judson, 60, received the highest ratings in nearly all areas that the board reviewed. Board members evaluated Judson in 16 areas including his leadership, the college's academic record and financial oversight. He received high marks for his work in bringing day care to PHCC and for his ability to quickly craft a new policy to monitor student visas in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The board also praised Judson for his recruitment and hiring of women and minorities.

"There is nothing more humbling than having your bosses heap accolades on you," Judson said.

Judson, who has been PHCC president for eight years, also gave credit to his staff for helping him look good.

Judson used the evaluation to quash a rumor circulating that he was about to retire. He is not.

"You can run me out, but I'm not retiring," said Judson, who has a three-year contract with the school.

"You do not have permission to retire," Gavish quipped.

Judson makes about $126,500 a year in salary as the school's president.