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EFSC President Makes Post-Irma Campus Visits
September 21, 2017 - Eastern Florida State College President Dr. Jim Richey visited all four campuses Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Irma, talking with students, faculty and staff to address their needs and make sure things were running smoothly.
The College reopened Monday following the Category 4 storm that raged through Florida, leaving behind damaged homes and water and power outages throughout Brevard County.
The Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses sustained minor damage from Irma’s high winds and torrential rains.
On the Cocoa campus, Richey thanked employees from the Facilities and Information Technology departments who worked around-the-clock Sept. 10-17 to inspect buildings, make repairs and prepare for restarting classes.
“Your effort was incredible. You did an amazing job in a short amount of time and worked at the college even though some of you suffered damage to your homes,” he said. “I can’t thank you enough for your dedication.”
Richey also spent time in several classrooms meeting with students and their instructors, asking if they needed any additional help after the storm.
Among his stops were the Humanities class of Instructor Bob Hartley in Titusville, the Biology class of Instructor Anastasia Harris in Cocoa, and the College Algebra class of Associate Professor Bob Young in Palm Bay.
He also met with the Melbourne Academic Leadership Team on the Melbourne campus, and talked with groups of students in the Student Center on the Cocoa campus and Student Government Association leaders in their Palm Bay office.
“I was very impressed by how quickly everyone – students, faculty and staff – have refocused on getting back to work,” said Richey. “That can-do spirit is among the reasons that makes Eastern Florida special.”