Pasco County Government Honors President Kirk

May 22, 2012

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left to right: Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil, now also an adjunct instructor at Saint Leo; Commissioner Schrader; Dr. Kirk; Chief Assistant County Administrator Michele Baker MBA ’01; and County Administrator John Gallagher ’69.

University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., accepted a formal resolution of appreciation from the Pasco County (FL) Board of County Commissioners. The document recognizes Dr. Kirk for his recent induction into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, along with his many contributions to the quality of life in Pasco County, the home of University Campus, where Saint Leo was founded in 1889.

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Dr. Kirk addressing the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners.

Dr. Kirk was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in March by the Florida Council of Economic Education. The nonprofit organization recognizes individuals who contribute to the region through their business careers and civic efforts, and through their personal integrity and role modeling.

Local County Commissioner Theodore Schrader introduced the resolution to make official note of the tribute paid to Dr. Kirk for his leadership by the broad, regional Tampa business community. Commissioner Schrader, along with his four fellow commissioners who govern Pasco County, also expressed formal appreciation for university-wide and campus improvements that have benefited the county. The university’s success has resulted in the continued education of local residents, additional jobs, the carefully planned construction of desirable new campus buildings and structures, an expanded athletics and recreation program, an enhanced cultural profile, and more, the resolution notes.

Dr. Kirk, in thanking the commissioners, noted that one of Saint Leo University’s core values is community, and pledged that the university will continue to be involved with the local area and work to its benefit. Dr. Kirk and Commissioner Schrader also posed for a photograph with members of the Saint Leo community in the ranks of county government (above).