History, Vision, and Mission
The Gulf Coast State College Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on October 16, 1967 by the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The original charter was signed by Dr. Richard Morley, president of Gulf Coast Community College at the time of incorporation, Captain Mark Starkweather, Mrs. Mark Starkweather, Mrs. M.F. Parker, Mr. Amos Howard, Mr. John Moseley, and Mr. Roland Vines. Since that time, the Foundation has grown considerably in membership and assets while remaining faithful to its original philosophy and purpose. The Foundation has three Director Emeritus, Mr. Charles Abbott (1910-2010), Ms. Karen Hanes and Dr. Robert L. McSpadden (1944-2015).
Based on the principles of trust and integrity, the vision of the Gulf Coast State College Foundation is to advance the causes of Gulf Coast State College.
The Gulf Coast State College Foundation’s mission is to create a scholarship program providing educational opportunities to deserving students. Further, the mission of the Foundation is to enhance the educational programs and student services available at Gulf Coast State College. Through the active involvement and leadership of citizens united by these purposes, the Foundation serves as an effective liaison between the College and the community. The Foundation assists the College in enriching the community through cultural opportunities and in enhancing the economic development of the community with educational programs.