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Dr. Jean Wihbey – Provost, Palm Beach State College

Dr. WihbeyJean A. Wihbey, Ph.D. is the Provost for Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus. As the campus’ chief executive officer, she is responsible for providing leadership and inspiration to a campus of over 9000 students and 225 employees so that its culture is vibrant and welcoming to the public it serves. Dr. Wihbey ensures the quality and relevance of the campus’ academic programs, oversees campus operational activities, and leads through encouraging ideas and strong relationships. She offers a progressive academic vision and leadership that maintains a highly collaborative, student-centered environment.

Dr. Wihbey believes in and enjoys community service and is actively involved in the PGA Corridor Association Board of Directors as Vice President, the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a Trustee, on the Board of Director’s Executive Committee and on the Women in Business Steering Council. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board, the Max Fisher Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach as Board Member and Secretary, the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Governing Board and the Florida Association of Colleges. She also participates in the Executive Women of Palm Beaches and the Forum Club. It would be unusual to not see her at a local event that is raising money or awareness for education, health or general support of the community. Dr. Wihbey was recently honored as the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Community Leader of the Year, and this July the Jupiter Magazine's Impact Player. She received the University of Connecticut's 2012 Outstanding Higher Education Professional Award, is a Florida Weekly Power Woman, and has been recognized by both the New England College Board and the Chair Academy with their Exemplary Leader awards.  Dr. Wihbey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a national certified counselor and has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.

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