Advertisement
  1. Business

Former Tampa Electric CEO Gordon Gillette to lead Hillsborough Early Learning Coalition

Former Tampa Electric CEO and president of Florida operations Gordon Gillette has been hired to lead the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. CHRIS URSO | Times (2017)
Published Feb. 28, 2018

TAMPA — Former Tampa Electric CEO Gordon Gillette has been hired to lead the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

Gillette will become the CEO of the $72 million nonprofit educational agency on March 12 and will be paid $180,000 annually. His hiring follows a four-month search that culminated in interviews with two candidates, coalition board chairman Aakash Patel said Wednesday.

Gillette, 58, retired from Tampa Electric on Nov. 30 after a 36-year career.

Following eight years at the top of the utility, Gillette left five months after an accident at the Big Bend Power Station that killed five workers. A month later, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $130,000, saying it ignored its own rules to have the workers perform a dangerous maintenance job.

OSHA: OSHA: Tampa Electric ignored its own rules in accident that killed 5 workers

Along with his work at Tampa Electric, Gillette has chaired the boards of the Children's Museum of Tampa, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, the Leadership Council of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and the University of South Florida Foundation, where he also co-chaired the second phase of USF's Unstoppable capital campaign.

With a "passion for education" and a plan to focus on reducing waiting lists for the coalition's programs and services, Gillette was the board's unanimous choice, Patel said. The coalition gets its funding from the Legislature as well as state and federal grants and provides early childhood care, education and advocacy for about 20,000 Hillsborough children and their families.

"A lot of business people respect Gordon," Patel said. "He's going to bring a lot of knowledge of the community ... The kids of Hillsborough County will definitely benefit from his experience and his leadership."

In a statement released through the coalition, Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins said Gillette's hiring will strengthen efforts to get more children prepared for kindergarten and "building the supports that all children need to succeed."

Gillette will replace Steve Knobl, who left the Hillsborough coalition after a 13-month tenure last year and now is the executive director of the Early Childhood Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties.

MORE: Go here for more Business News

Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tampa Bay Lighting host a watch party on the beach at the Tradewinds resort on St. Pete Beach in February. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times
    TradeWinds is the biggest resort in Pinellas County.
  2. A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from over Tampa Bay.
    The news that the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation wants to change its name to include “Tampa Bay” has been met with resistance.
  3. The Whole Coffee Company makes Dunkin’-branded Coffee Thins as well as Tim Hortons Double Double bars and its own Whole Coffee Company-branded nudge coffee bars. (Photo courtesy The Whole Coffee Company) The Whole Coffee Company
    The Whole Coffee Company, which is based in Miami, was previously known as Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa. ProspEquity Partners of Tampa owns a majority stake in Whole Coffee.
  4. The Corona Cove opens as the Florida Aquarium's new outdoor bar. The beer company is pledging continued donations to aid conservation efforts. Florida Aquarium
    The beer company also has pledged donations to aid conservation efforts.
  5. The Triton cantaloupe, created with help from Eckerd College. Eckerd College
    The St. Petersburg college teamed up with a central Florida plant breeder to create the Triton cantaloupe.
  6. FILE - In this May 14, 2019, fiel photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China’s economic growth slowed to a 26-year low in the latest quarter as a tariff war with Washington weighed on exports and auto sales and other domestic activity weakened. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.2 percent in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 6 percent, data showed Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. AP
    Growth in the world’s second-largest economy slipped to 6% in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 6.2%, data showed Friday.
  7. Ryan Cummings, 23, left, and Alex Frey, 25, both of Tampa, rent Spin electric scooters from a corral located along Zack Street in May. St. Petersburg hopes to soon launch it's own scooter program. CHRIS URSO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The city wants to avoid other cities’ mistakes. Scooters will not be allowed on sidewalks and must be parked in designated corrals.
  8. Sam's Club fulfillment center manager Nick Barbieri explains to a shopper how the new Scan & Go shop works at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway. SARA DINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The shuttered store has been reinvented and debuted to the community.
  9. Yogi Goswami
    The Molekule Air Mini is a scaled-down version of its original purifier.
  10. 580 Corporate Center in Oldsmar Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets
    The six-building center is 91 percent occupied.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement