Published Tuesday, August 27, 2019

(LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Aug. 27, 2019) The Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees has reorganized its leadership by electing a new chair and vice chair for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Trustee Barbara J. Miedema was elected to serve as chair, succeeding Trustee Carolyn L. Williams, and Trustee Wendy S. Link, Esq., was elected to serve as vice chair, a position previously held by Miedema. Williams remains on the five-member board appointed by the governor, as does Darcy J. Davis and Philip H. Ward, III, Esq. The action taken at the Aug. 13 board meeting held on the Lake Worth campus is part of an annual reorganization of the board.

Miedema, of Wellington, is the president of Terra-Rio Consulting LLC and former vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The Michigan native has more than 30 years of experience in the sugar industry.

“I’m excited to continue to serve the College with this opportunity to lead the District Board of Trustees as its chair for the upcoming academic year,” Miedema said.  “Palm Beach State College is truly dear to my heart, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to help it expand and grow.”

Miedema is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership Palm Beach County and Leadership Glades programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.


Link, the founder and former managing partner of Ackerman, Link & Sartory, went into solo practice at Wendy Sartory Link PLLC. She currently serves as Palm Beach County’s Supervisor of Elections.

“I’m proud to continue to serve the DBOT, the College and our community with this new assignment,” Link said. “Palm Beach State is poised to make even more contributions in education to this county in this academic year, and my role allows me to be PBSC’s biggest advocate.”

Link received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from Duke University School of Law.

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.


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