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Dr. Allen A. Witt | Campus President

Dr. Allen Witt is a third generation Florida educator. He has served the Florida College System as a teacher, administrator and researcher for three decades. 

Dr. Witt completed a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became a community college instructor. After earning his doctorate at the University of Florida, he became Vice President of the Metro Group, heading corporate research teams in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico and throughout the United States.

Dr. Witt returned to education as an instructor and Department Head at Broward Community College. He was promoted to Associate Dean at Palm Beach State College in 2001. Six years later, he moved to the SouthShore Campus of Hillsborough Community College as Academic Dean and later as Campus President. In that role, he chaired many key civic boards in the southern Hillsborough County region. In January 2018, he became President of the Dale Mabry Campus.  

Dr. Witt is nationally known as a historian of the community college movement.  He is lead author for America's Community Colleges: The First Century, published by the American Association of Community Colleges. He serves on reaffirmation teams throughout the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He resides in Hillsborough County with his wife, Mercedes Diaz-Witt, a registered nurse. 

awitt3@hccfl.edu   |   (813) 253-7260  |  Office: Social Science Building Room 130

Exec. Staff Assistant: Cathy Bilka 253-7208   |   Sr. Staff Assistant: Nadia Murchison 253-7206


Joe Bentrovato  |  Dean of Student Services

Mr. Joe Bentrovato serves as the Dean of Student Services for the Dale Mabry Campus. He is responsible for all student services functions, to include enrollment services, counseling, advising, career resource center, disability services, test center, admissions & records and student life.  He has been employed with Hillsborough Community College since 1997 and is an HCC graduate. Prior to being appointed dean, he worked in advising, disability services and admissions & records. 

Mr. Bentrovato completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of Leadership Brandon and the Chancellor's Leadership Seminar.  In addition, he is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges evaluator.    

jbentrovato@hccfl.edu   |  (813) 253-7275  |   Office: Student Services Building Room 246

Sr. Staff Assistant: Millie Flores 253-7311        


Dustin Lemke  |  Dean of Associate in Arts (Humanities)


dlemke@hccfl.edu   |  (813) 253-7210  |   Office: Social Science Building Room 129  

Sr. Staff Assistant: Alex Brockew 253-7375  |  Sr. Staff Assistant: Glenna Ross 253-7471


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Elizabeth Johnson  |  Dean of Associate in Science Programs

Ms. Elizabeth Johnson has served as the Dale Mabry Campus Dean of Associate in Science Degree Programs since 2003.  Having been employed with Hillsborough Community College since 1979, she has higher education experience, knowledge and training in the areas of Academic Affairs and Student Services.   

Ms. Johnson has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Science degree in Management from Florida Institute of Technology.  And, she is personally committed to ensuring that the Dale Mabry Campus Associate in Science division provides a high-quality learning environment that prepares students to meet their educational needs and goals.

bjohnson@hccfl.edu   |   (813) 253-7449   |   Office: Technology Building Room 429 

Sr. Staff Assistant: Lucy Brown 253-7479



Leif Penrose | Dean of Health Sciences 

Mr. Leif Penrose has worked as an adjunct faculty, faculty, program manager, assistant professor and assistant to the dean.  He worked for the Georgia Department of Technical & Adult Education at Georgia Northwestern Technical College for over 19 years before moving to Tampa.  His professional training is in medical imaging. He holds certifications in Radiology, Computerized Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Adult Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography.

Mr. Penrose holds a Masters in Health Science with an education emphasis from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration from Ottawa University and his original radiography training was at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

Special high points of his career include serving in Rwanda as a guest of the Fulbright Scholar program teaching sonography and supporting the education of the first Rwandan Sonographer.    

lpenrose@hccfl.edu   | (813) 253-7370  |  Office: Technology Building Room 331  

Sr. Staff Assistant: Kristin Jones  259-6305   |   Sr. Staff Assistant: Alison Davila 253-7255



Dr. Jim Wysong |  Dean of Associate in Arts (Mathematics & Sciences)

Dr. Jim Wysong has served as the Dean of Associate of Arts (Mathematics and Sciences) for the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College since August 2013. Prior to accepting this position, he was Professor of Earth Science and Program Manager of Sciences at the Brandon Campus of Hillsborough Community College.

Dr. Wysong joined the faculty of Hillsborough Community College in 1988, and has served on (and chaired) several of the college's major committees, including General Education and the Campus and College-wide Tenure Committees. Through his professional interests, he has been involved in geographic and geological education workshops, post-secondary science curriculum reform projects and science literacy initiatives. As a Course Director for the NSF Chautauqua Program, Dr. Wysong has conducted field programs in Iceland, Greenland, New Mexico, Tampa Bay and the Florida Keys.

Dr. Wysong’s academic background is in the Geosciences. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He also holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

jwysong@hccfl.edu   | (813) 253-7236   |   Office: Science Building Room 118 

Sr. Staff Assistant: Terri Jamison 253-7374