Gulf Coast State College

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Gulf Coast State College
Type Public
Established 1957
Endowment $5.3 million[1]
Students 6,058
Undergraduates 2,248 degree seeking
Location Panama City, Florida, United States
Colors Blue & Gold
Athletics NJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
Mascot Commodores

Gulf Coast State College, formerly known as Gulf Coast Community College and before that Gulf Coast Junior College, is a state college, located in Panama City, Florida, United States.


The institution was founded in 1957 by the Florida Legislature.[2] On January 13, 2011, the college was renamed Gulf Coast State College. The school had previously been named Gulf Coast Community College as well as Gulf Coast Junior College.[3]

In 1966, Rosenwald Junior College was merged with Gulf Coast Junior College.


The main college campus is in Panama City, Florida, with other campuses in Southport, Port St. Joe, and at Tyndall Air Force Base.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college is a member institution of the Florida College System. Its president is John Holdnak, Ed.D. President Holdnak is its sixth, having assumed that position in June, 2014. A Board of Trustees oversees the administration of the college.

Academic profile[edit]

This is a coeducational institution that offers associate and bachelor's degrees.

Student life[edit]


Gulf Coast State College Athletic teams are nicknamed the Commodores and participate in men's basketball, men's baseball, women's basketball, women's softball, and women's volleyball. The school's athletic teams compete in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. The current athletic director is Gregg Wolfe who has been serving in this capacity since 1992.[4]

Notable people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Gulf Coast State College alumni.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ History of the college
  3. ^ About the name change
  4. ^ About Gregg Wolfe

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Coordinates: 30°11′13″N 85°43′35″W / 30.1869327°N 85.7262785°W / 30.1869327; -85.7262785