A Gadsden-born-and-bred public servant and educator has been re-elected to serve an unprecedented third term as chairman of a nearby community college’s Board of Trustees, college officials announced last week.
Former Gadsden County commissioner Eugene Lamb, Jr. has been appointed – and reappointed – by multiple Florida governors to serve on the Board of Trustees at Tallahassee Community College. His tenure stretches back more than 12 years, with stints as chairman from 2010 to 2011, then again from 2013 to 2014. Last Monday, Lamb’s fellow trustees tapped the seasoned leader once more to serve as chairman of the board. Lamb said he is “honored” to serve in the role again, noting that the seven trustees work “very well together.”
With Lamb’s reputation for community service, his passion for education and well-grounded humility, the move comes as little surprise to many Tallahassee Community College officials, like President Jim Murdaugh.
“Eugene Lamb is one of the most authentic, genuine, and caring men I have ever had the opportunity to know and to work with in my career,” Murdaugh said. “He is completely comfortable with who he is and never put on airs, even though his career and his previous role on the Gadsden County commission as its chair would certainly give him the right to do so.”
Lamb said he hopes to continue to lead the college down the path to “greater student success and doing what’s best for our community college and the three areas it serves: Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties.” Murdaugh said regardless of direction, he is confident it will be the “right direction” under Lamb’s leadership.
“[Lamb’s] love for our college and for the students who come through our college guides his decisions as a trustee and will certainly guide his leadership as the chair of our board. Gadsden County is lucky to have him represent the issues that come before our board. There is nothing we consider that he does not look at through the lens of a resident of the county. He always makes sure that our college is doing the right thing for the residents and students who come to us from Gadsden County,” Murdaugh said.
By Brian Dekle