Published Thursday, October 4, 2018

(LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Oct. 4, 2018) Philip H. Ward III, a local attorney, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.

Ward, managing partner at Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm that he cofounded in 1987, succeeds John W. Dowd III, vice chair of the five-member board whose second three-year term ended this year. Ward’s term is for September 28, 2018 through May 31, 2022.

Ward, a Jupiter resident, recently completed his second and final volunteer term on the Board of Commissioners for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. He was appointed by Scott to that board in October 2011 and reappointed in May 2016. He served as board chair from 2015 to 2018, and during his two terms, he served on the District’s Quality Patient Safety and Compliance Committee, Finance Committee, Construction Oversight Committee and the Aircraft Fleet Replacement Committee.

He is chair of the county’s Infrastructure Surtax Independent Citizen Oversight Committee, the vice chair and member of the Board of Trustees of BIZPAC, a member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and former chair of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Ward’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Florida's first public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves.