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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees


Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Brian Lametto, Nancy Watkins and Gregory Celestan to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees.

Brian Lametto

Lametto, of Valrico, is Corporate Vice President of Marketing at New York Life. Previously, he was Corporate Vice President of Strategy Development and Corporate Vice President and Chief Retention Officer with New York Life. Lametto has also held leadership positions with Progress Telecom, GTE and Philip Morris International. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alabama.

Nancy Watkins

Watkins, of Tampa is a certified public accountant with the accounting firm Robert Watkins & Company. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Public Accountants and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Phi Theta Kappa. Watkins is also a current member of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees and a past member of the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida.

Gregory Celestan

Celestan, of Tampa, is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Celestar Corporation. He has served as Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Director of The Bank of Tampa and Chairman of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation. Celestan received an Honorable Discharge after 20 years of service in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering and Russian studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Washington.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 47,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit

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