Board of Trustees
College operations are governed by the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees.
Members of this board are appointed by Florida’s governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The chief administrative officer of the college is the president, who also serves as secretary to the District Board of Trustees.
CF has a seven-member board with representatives from Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. They bring strong leadership and unique backgrounds adding to the diversity of the college’s leadership.
Joyce Brancato recently retired as the CEO of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, where she had been employed for 30 years. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Maryland University College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida and a master’s in Business Administration from Nova University. She is past president of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and is past chairperson of the Board for Nature Coast EMS Service. Brancato has served on the District Board of Trustees since 2011 and currently serves as vice chair.
Rusty Branson is president of CenterState Bank of Central Florida in Ocala, serving in that position since the bank was chartered in 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Art in Finance from Florida State University in 1983 and his graduate degree in Banking from Louisiana State University in 1991. He is the past chairman of the Marion County Housing Finance Authority and currently holds board positions at the Chamber and Economic Partnership of Marion County, Childhood Development Services, the Southeastern Youth Fair and the State of Florida Board for the Prevention Network. He currently serves as chair for the District Board of Trustees.
Robert E. Durrance is retired from Levy County Schools after serving for 34 years. He served as the Testing and Truancy coordinator since 2000 and previously was the assistant principal of Bronson High School. He also instructed math at Chiefland High School and Cedar Key schools.
William Edgaris chairman of a CEO/Business Owner think tank in Ocala and Gainesville affiliated with Vistage Florida and is also a licensed FranklinCovey facilitator through the College of Central Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida, completing his postgraduate work in finance, accounting and taxation at the Fisher School of Accounting, University of Florida.
Randall Ewers is a strategic sourcing manager with Hale Products. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Ewers is an Ocala native and has been extremely active in the Ocala/Marion County community, involved with Locks of Love, Kimberly’s Cottage and United Way. He currently serves as the head coach for the Vanguard High School volleyball team. He served two terms as Ocala mayor.
Don Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and is retired from Duke Energy where he was the nuclear plant financial manager. He serves on the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Board and YMCA Board, the Crystal River Rotary Board, and is the board president for the Citrus County Economic Development Authority. He is a board member and treasurer of the Art Center of Citrus County and past president of the United Way, still remaining involved in various committees. He has served on the CF Foundation’s Taste of Citrus committee and Foundation Board. He previously served as chair for the District Board of Trustees, having served on the Board since 2011.