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Commissioner Gary Lester

Gary Lester photograph
Appointed: January 12, 2018 Term start: January 12, 2018 Term end: August 1, 2022

Gary Lester was appointed to the Commission on January 12, 2018 by Governor Rick Scott

Lester is the Vice President of The Villages for Community Relations.  He also serves as President of The Villages Charter Schools.

Commissioner Lester recently served on Gov. DeSantis’s Re-Open Florida Task Force and the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission.  He has previously served on numerous boards and advisory groups including the United States Military Academy Nominations Board and the Judicial Nominating Commission – Middle District of Florida.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Lester has served 37 years as an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

Lester, his wife Stacy and daughter Reagan live in Oxford, Florida