Pensacola College to honor Cedar Key native

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By Ada Lang

Cedar Key native George Thomas “Tom” Delaino, the younger brother of Bill Delaino of Cedar Key, will be honored Sept. 20 when Pensacola State College, formerly Pensacola Junior College, names a building for him.

Delaino joined the college in 1993 as vice president for planning and administration. In 2002, he was named the college’s fifth president by the Board of Trustees. 

He retired in 2008 and lives in Gainesville with his wife, Frances Carroll, a retired librarian.  They have three grown children.Ironically, Delaino’s mother was a librarian, too. According to Bill Delaino, his younger brother loves to fish and tries to come out to Cedar Key to fish about once a week. When he is not fishing, reading is his favorite pastime. 

Tom Delaino attended the University of Florida, majored in Physical Education and minored in math and chemistry. He then received a Masters, with a thesis on intramural programs in community colleges. He continued his studies in community college education  and earned a doctorate degree in higher education administration - again focusing on community colleges.

He joined the Air Force, as did his brother Bill. In 1966,and was on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs. From 1976 to 1993, he was on the staff of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville and wound up as Dean for Information Technology and Planning.