He was appointed to the District Board of Trustees in 2009 and served as vice chairman for 2016-2017. He succeeds Mr. Kelly Rice, who will remain on the board.
“I am honored to have been elected by our distinguished Board of Trustees to serve as chairman for this year,” Blankenship said in a press release. “Lake-Sumter State College is committed to serving our communities and preparing our students for careers that will enable them to provide for themselves, and their families. My own educational path had a significant impact on my life and opened doors and opportunities for me in my professional career. That same opportunity exists today for all of our students.”
Mr. Blankenship has devoted his career to civil service and has worked in government and economic development in Lake County since 2005. He currently serves as the city manager for the City of Umatilla. Prior to working for Umatilla, Blankenship worked for the City of Clermont as the assistant city manager and as the director of economic development for Lake County.
Peter Wahl, who has served on the District Board of Trustees since 2014, was elected as vice chairman. Wahl also has a long history of public service and has been instrumental in the growth and development of The Villages.
In the press release, the college noted the District Board of Trustees is responsible for representing the best interest of Lake-Sumter State College and setting policy for the College. The board meets monthly with meetings announced at www.lssc.edu/publicmeetings.