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SFCC welcomes new trustee

Submitted by on August 26, 2009 – 3:16 pmNo Comment
Tim Backer (left) and Dr. Norm Stephens

Tim Backer (left) and Dr. Norm Stephens

Recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist, Timothy D. Backer will represent DeSoto County on the South Florida Community College District Board of Trustees for a four-year term. One of the college’s own, Backer graduated from SFCC with an associate in arts degree in 1975. He went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida in 1983. A real estate appraiser since 1975, Backer has been adjunct faculty in real estate at SFCC since 1985.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Tim Backer of Arcadia to the Board of Trustees of our college,” said Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president. “As a proud alumni of SFCC, he is knowledgeable about and committed to our mission.  As a well-known and well-respected citizen in DeSoto County, he offers an important perspective to ensure that the college continues to serve students from all corners of our large three-county district.”

According to Backer, he is thrilled to “be part of education, which is the future of our area and ensures the growth of the community.”

Backer serves as commander of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Auxilliary and is the chief of the DeSoto County Volunteer Fire and Rescue, a position which he has held for the past 23 years.

Currently, he is chairman of the DeSoto High School Advisory Committee and vice-chairman of the West Elementary School Advisory Committee. He is president of the DeSoto County Board of Realtors, an office in which he has served ten terms. He is also a member of the DeSoto District School Board Calendar Committee.

Backer and his wife, Pat, reside in Arcadia and have three children–Tim, Jim, and Bryan. Bryan, who graduates from SFCC in December, was a dual enrollment student at the college during his senior year in high school.

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