Fort Myers Mayor, Naples Attorney Named to International College Board of Trustees

International College has taken steps to further enrich its leadership by appointing Fort Myers Mayor Jim Humphrey and Kathleen Passidomo, partner with Naples-based Kelly, Passidomo, Alba & Cassner, to serve on the International College Board of Trustees. The Trustees, whose membership now stands at 12, is the governing board responsible for the College and policy- making decisions.

“Mayor Humphrey brings a lot of value to our board with his background of public service, his comprehensive understanding of government and law, and his support for higher education as a positive influence in workforce development,” said International College President Terry P. McMahan. “Kathleen Passidomo has already proven to be a great asset at International College, leading the awareness Committee of the President’s Council. Her profound sense of community, evidenced by the many community awards she has received, will aid the College in its goal to be a good community resource and partner.”

Mayor Humphrey is a 34-year resident of Fort Myers. He was elected Mayor of Fort Myers in October 2000. A Georgia native, he earned a B.A. from Mercer University and a law degree from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. A U.S. Army veteran, Humphrey served as captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG).

He is a partner at Fowler, White, Boggs, Banker Law Firm and a member of the Florida Bar and the Lee County Bar Association. Humphrey is a director of Fifth Third Bank Florida. His long career includes service as the first full-time Lee County Attorney, and as a city judge of Fort Myers. Humphrey is currently active on the Arts and Culture Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He recently received the 2004 Angels of the Arts Award for the Arts Public Official of the Year.

Since Humphrey took office, the City of Fort Myers has received numerous awards and designations to include being designated in 2004 as a Preserve America Community, in 2003 the Healthiest City in the Southeast and, together with Cape Coral, the 3rd Best Performing City for 2003 in the Nation. Humphrey has successfully worked with our legislative delegation to obtain funding for the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, plus a $5 million state grant for construction of Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and two grants for the Langford-Kingston Home totaling $625,000.

“It is truly an honor to be joining this important board. Dr. Terry McMahan and the Trustees can be proud of their accomplishments,” Humphrey said. “International College, through its programs, has enhanced the ability of its students to achieve their life or career objectives.”

Kathleen Passidomo has lived in Naples for nearly 25 years. A New Jersey native, she earned an undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from Stetson University. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979.

Passidomo, a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate lawyer, is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, The General Practice Section and the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as a member of the Collier County Real Estate Section of the Collier County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Collier County Bar Association where she currently serves as Secretary and is a past President of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

In 1990, Passidomo received the Attorney of the Year Award from the Florida Law Related Education Association of the Florida Bar. In 1991, she received the Girl’s Incorporated of Naples-Collier County “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award. In 1996, she was awarded the Leadership Collier Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000, she and her husband, John, were co-recipients of the Naples Daily News Citizen of the Year award.

Civically, Passidomo is a member of the Florida Federal Judicial Nomination Commission and a Commissioner of the State of Florida Commission on the Status of Women, where she currently serves as Treasurer. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Collier County Child Advocacy Council. Passidomo is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust and The United Way of Collier County. She also served on the International College President’s Council for the past two years, heading the Awareness Committee.

“International College is a tremendous asset and resource to our community. It provides a first-class education to people who live and work in Southwest Florida. I am particularly interested in its efforts to educate and empower working women who are balancing full-time jobs with full-time enrollment and families,” Passidomo said. “Students at International College are serious and dedicated people whose goal is to advance in their careers, which in turn, will enrich our local workforce and community. I’m thrilled to be a part of that effort.”
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