Fred Lenfestey served as the first president from 1964 to 1982 and was instrumental in bringing PCC to Winter Haven.Before he was president of PCC, Lenfestey was dean and vice president of Pensacola Junior College.After he retired from PCC, Lenfestey became the director of the Winter Haven Hospital Development Foundation.Lenfestey
also served in the armed forces for three years during World War II and two years during the Korean War.Lenfestey was the past president of the Rotary Club in Winter Haven, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tampa, named "Man of the Year" by Winter Haven Masonic Order and Knights of Columbus, received Lake Region Bankers' Cup for community service and was the elected president of the Southern Association of Community Colleges.After Lenfestey retired in 1982, Maryly VanLeer Peck served as the PCC president until 1997.
Peck was the first woman to receive a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University
, the first woman to receive a master's and doctorate in engineering from University of Florida
, the first woman to be named president of a community college in Florida and the first woman to be admitted to the membership of the Downtown Rotary Club
of Winter Haven.Peck was chosen from a field of 200 to become president of PCC and during her 14-year tenure, she oversaw tremendous growth and implemented improvements to the academic quality at the college.
established a campus in Lakeland that is shared with the University of South Florida