St. Johns River State College

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St. Johns River State College
Official logo
Former names
St. Johns River Community College
Established 1958
Type State college
Chairman Diane P. Leone
President Joe Pickens
Academic staff
109 [1]
Students 7291 (2010 Fall)[1]
Location Palatka, Florida, United States
Campus Palatka campus 93 acres (0.38 km2)
St. Augustine campus 165.2 acres (0.669 km2)
Orange Park campus 95.68 acres (0.3872 km2)
Total: 353.88 acres (1.4321 km2)
Athletics NJCAA
 • Baseball
 • Softball
 • Volleyball
Mascot Vikings
Affiliations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida College System

St. Johns River State College is a state college located in Northeast Florida with campuses in Palatka, St. Augustine, and Orange Park. Founded in 1958, it is a member institution of the Florida College System, and is one of several colleges in the system designated a "state college", meaning they can offer more four-year bachelor degrees than traditional two-year community colleges. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Notably, Florida School of the Arts, Florida's first state-sponsored arts school, is housed within the Palatka Campus.


The institution was founded in 1958 with the creation of a Palatka facility, the school later expanded with campuses in Orange Park and St. Augustine in order to serve Putnam, St. Johns, and Clay Counties. Prior to 2011 it was known as St. Johns River Community College. The adoption of its current name coincided with its designation as a state college that can offer a greater number of bachelor degrees to its academic programs.[2] The current president of the college is Joe Pickens. He took over from Dr Robert L. McLendon, Jr., who had served as president of the college from 1972–2008.

Florida School of the Arts[edit]

Florida School of the Arts (colloquially known as FloArts) is an accredited arts school under the umbrella of St. Johns River State College. It is located in the F building of the Palatka Campus. It was first opened in 1976, designed to be an intimate setting where students received close and individual attention. Florida School of the Arts offers course concentrations with accredited Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees in the fields of Visual Art (Fine Art, Graphic Design/New Media, Photography), Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Production/Design (Costume Design, Scenic/Lighting Design, Stage Management).

Campus locations[edit]

Student Center at Palatka Campus

District Board of Trustees[edit]

  • Diane P. Leone, Chairman
  • John Nelson Jr., Vice Chairman
  • Rob Bradley
  • Ron Coleman
  • Mary Ellen Webb
  • Denise M. Bramlitt
  • Col. Mickey Duren
  • Joe C. Miller II, Board Attorney
  • Joe H. Pickens, J.D., Executive Secretary

Notable alumni and attendees[edit]

Alumni Notability
Ed Hickox Current Major League Baseball umpire
Howie Kendrick Current Major League Baseball second baseman
Lake Ray Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Bill Swaggerty Former Major League Baseball pitcher
Rick Surhoff Former Major League Baseball pitcher
Pat McMahon Former College Baseball coach at Mississippi State and Florida


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