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Lake-Sumter State College mourns loss of trustee Peter Wahl

Pete Wahl
Peter Wahl

The Lake-Sumter State College community is mourning the loss of trustee and former board chairman Peter F. Wahl.

Wahl, a resident of The Villages, where he once served in the powerful role of District Manager, died Thursday in hospice after battling pancreatic cancer.

“Today, we mourn the loss of Lakehawk Trustee, Pete Wahl, and our hearts go out to his wife and family during this difficult time,” said Dr. Heather Bigard, Lake-Sumter State College President. “Pete was a champion of education, this College and our mission. His legacy will remind us of the college’s role in serving and strengthening our community.”

Wahl’s journey began in a small town in Minnesota, but it was his dedication to public service that truly defined his life’s work. He invested much of his professional career in government roles, working in Brevard County for nearly 20 years, serving as the Lake County Manager, then working over 20 years in The Villages Community Development Districts. His dedication and leadership in The Villages paved the way for transformative growth and progress.

Dr. Stanley Sidor, left, former president of Lake Sumter State College, presents the college foundation’s 2019 Trustee Hall of Fame Award to Pete Wahl, who serves as chairman of the board of trustees.
Dr. Stanley Sidor, left, former president of Lake Sumter State College, presents the college foundation’s 2019 Trustee Hall of Fame Award to Pete Wahl, who served as chairman of the board of trustees.

Following his retirement, Wahl continued to make a significant difference in the lives of others. He was actively involved with many organizations, including the Rotary Club and Villages Regional Hospital Foundation, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the well-being of the community through fundraising and service. His dedication to supporting individuals through healthcare and education made a significant impact on the region.

Wahl’s contributions to Lake-Sumter State College were invaluable. His appointment to the District Board of Trustees in 2014 marked the beginning of a deep relationship with our institution. His passion for education and his belief in the power of community colleges to transform lives were evident in his leadership.

Wahl served as chair of the District Board for three years beginning in 2018.

In 2019, Wahl received the Hall of Fame Trustee Award from the LSSC Foundation, a testament to his exceptional dedication to Lake-Sumter State College.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at St. George Episcopal Church in The Villages. Beyers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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