Jay Hurley (left), the GM of each of the 4 Jenkins dealership in Leesburg, Tom Formanek (President & CEO of Jenkins Auto Group), Dr. Stan Sidor (President of LSSC), Dr. Laura Byrd (LSSC Foundation), and Wes Miller and Scott Dulyea from Miller & Miller pose with LSSC’s new vehicle.

Jenkins Hyundai and Jenkins Auto Group has donated a Hyundai Santa Fe to the LSSC Foundation for use on Lake-Sumter State College’s campuses.

“I was talking with Dr. Byrd and she said there was a need for a vehicle for campus security,” said Jay Hurley, corporate manager at Jenkins Hyundai of Leesburg. “They didn’t have one and were working to put funds together. We felt this was a great opportunity to help and contribute into that need.”

As the College continues to identify ways to improve campus safety for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, this new vehicle enhances the College’s safety presence, assists with campus patrols, and supports their response to emergencies on campus.

“This vehicle gives us that visual deterrent for criminals,” said Wes Miller of Miller & Miller Investigative & Security Services, who provides security services for Lake-Sumter State College. “In my opinion, we have the safest campuses in Central Florida. We pride ourselves on making sure that we don’t have any incidents and we proactively take care of anything that occurs.”

LSSC’s new vehicle parked in front of the Student Services Building on the Leesburg campus.

The vehicle will primarily be used for security patrols and services on the Leesburg campus, but will also support special events and services at the South Lake and Sumter locations.

“Jenkins has graciously donated this vehicle and Signcrafters of Florida donated its wrap,” said Dr. Stan Sidor, president of Lake-Sumter State College. “In addition to improving security services on our campus, this vehicle exemplifies the partnerships we have with the Lake and Sumter communities. These partnerships are crucial both in terms of what they can do for our students but also how closely we’re connected to our communities.”

“We were pleased to facilitate this generous gift on behalf of Lake-Sumter State College,” said Dr. Laura Byrd, LSSC associate VP of institutional advancement and executive director of the LSSC Foundation. “All of our work is focused on supporting our students and their learning experiences at Lake-Sumter State College.”

“The Jenkins Automotive Group supports education because we truly believe that education is the best way to protect our future for our immediate community,” said Tom Formanek, president & CEO of Jenkins Auto Group. “In recent times, there have been some really ugly events that have happened and we want to do our part to make sure that the students are safe. This is just one way we can support that.”

“Students should be able to go to school and feel safe,” said Hurley. “I don’t think there is any place more important place for them to feel safe than at home and at school.”


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