District Board of Trustees

The District Board of Trustees is the policy-making body for Tallahassee State College. Trustees are appointed by the Governor and are confirmed by the Florida Senate.

Meeting Schedule

At each meeting, the business meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by a board workshop. Unless noted otherwise, all District Board of Trustees meetings which take place on Tallahassee State College's main campus are held in the Herb F. Morgan Room, located on the second floor of the Hinson Administration Building (directions).

  • August 6, 2024 - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building
  • September 16, 2024​ - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building
  • ​October 21, 2024 - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building
  • November 18, 2024 - Florida Public Safety Institute
  • ​December - No Meeting
  • ​January 21, 2025 - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building
  • February 17, 2025 - Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
  • ​March 17, 2025 - Center for Innovation
  • ​April 21, 2025 - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building 
  • ​May 19, 20245 - Wakulla Environmental Institute
  • ​June 16, 2025 - Main Campus, Hinson Administration Building
  • July - No Meeting
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Meet Our Board Members

Jonathan Kilpatrick

Jonathan Kilpatrick, Chair

Trustee Kilpatrick was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. Jonathan Kilpatrick is the founder and CEO of Trulight LLC, where he specializes in technology strategy, regulatory compliance, and cyber security. He previously served as the Chief Information Officer for the City of Tallahassee. He has spent over 30 years of his career leading innovative technology solutions. Kilpatrick is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Florida Air National Guard serving as a Cyber Systems Officer.  He is currently assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters in St Augustine Florida where he serves as the cyber security advisor to Air National Guard State Staff.  He also serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Marks. Kilpatrick represents Wakulla County.

   Karen B. Moore

Karen B. Moore, Vice Chair

Trustee Moore was appointed to the board in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Rick Scott and in 2019 by Governor Ron DeSantis. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Moore, an independent and globally-ranked marketing and communications agency. Moore served as board chair in 2009-10. She previously served as president of the TSC Foundation Board and chaired both of the College's capital campaigns, which secured over $23 million to support student scholarships and facilities upgrades. Moore also serves on the board of the Florida College System Foundation, which provides scholarships for students attending Florida's 28 community and state colleges. She served as chair of the Association of Florida Colleges Trustees Commission and was recognized as Trustee of the Year by the Commission in 2021. The Richard W. & Karen B. Moore Veterans Success Center at TSC was named in honor of Moore and her husband, who are also founders of the Moore Veterans Leadership Academy, which helps veterans succeed in college and in the workforce. Moore represents Leon County.

Eugene Lamb 

Eugene Lamb Jr.

Trustee Lamb has served on the District Board of Trustees since 2007 when he was appointed by Governor Charlie Christ. He has since been reappointed to five consecutive terms by Governors Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis. Lamb previously served as board chair in 2010-11 and again in 2013-14. The Florida native and Army veteran was a teacher in the Leon County school district for 30 years. Representing Gadsden County, he served on the Gadsden County Commission for eight years, chairing the Commission from 2008 to 2010. In 2015, Lamb was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding to investigate the role of taxpayer funding for hospitals, insurers, and healthcare providers. A former high school and college basketball player and high school basketball coach, Lamb previously served as an at-large member of the board of directors of the Florida High School Athletic Association, which includes nearly 800 member high schools and middle schools across the state.

Frank Messersmith 

Frank Messersmith

Trustee Messersmith is one of the longest-serving trustees in Florida. He was first appointed to the board by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999 and has been reappointed by Governors Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. A former legislator and member of the Florida Public Service Commission, Messersmith is currently a consultant specializing in legislative and regulatory matters. Prior to his legislative career, Messersmith had a career in law enforcement serving as a Deputy Sherriff for a decade, Assistant to the Sherriff of Palm Beach County, Drug Education Deputy for public and private schools, and created the first community relations program for the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office. Messersmith represents Wakulla County.

Monte Stevens Headshot 

Monte Stevens 

Trustee Stevens was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in August 2021. The Niceville, Florida, native is a partner at The Southern Group. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and worked in legislative affairs at the Agency for Healthcare Administration and the Department of Financial Services. Stevens was a member of two national championship debate teams at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science before earning his master's degree in speech communication from Kansas State University.

Charlie Ward Jr.

Charlie Ward Jr.

Trustee Ward was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in March 2021. The Thomasville native and Florida State University graduate is the head coach of the Florida State University School’s boys' basketball team. During his time at FSU, he was a standout basketball and football player and served as student body vice president. During his senior year in 1993, he led the FSU football team to its first national championship and won the Heisman Trophy. Ward was selected by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft and went on to play for 11 years in the league. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and remains one of the most decorated players in college football history. Coach Ward was named All-Big Bend Coach of the Year in 2021 and 2022. He and his wife, Tonja, established the Charlie & Tonja Ward Family Foundation in 2015.