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 Trustee 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 former vice president of public affairs and communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The Michigan native has worked in the sugar industry for more than 30 years. She worked as vice president of public relations for the Florida Sugar Cane League before moving into her current role in 1991 at the cooperative, which comprises 45 small- and medium-sized sugarcane farms in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
“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, who now works as a consultant, 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 also serves as Palm Beach County’s current supervisor of elections and the secretary/treasurer of the Florida Colleges Trustee Commission, a designated division of the Association of Florida Colleges.
“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.