KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 15, 2016 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Wednesday honored Dr. George Gant at his final meeting as a member of the utility board. His current term expires September 30.
Since 1985, Gant has served in a variety of roles on the board, including director, assistant secretary, secretary, vice chairman and chairman, as well as an ex-officio member twice while serving as Kissimmee’s mayor – totaling more than 26 years of service.
Prior to that, Gant served as a member of an ad hoc committee to determine the best way to manage the city’s electric utility. Up until that time, the utility had operated as a department of the city. The committee members were later reappointed to a charter committee that developed the charter under which the utility operates today.
In 2015, the board recognized Gant’s years of service by establishing a 25-year college scholarship that bears his name. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,500 per year to a graduating student residing in the KUA service territory. The scholarship is administered by the Education Foundation of Osceola County.
Gant is the retired medical director of the Osceola County Health Department. In 2014, he was honored nationally with the American Public Power Association’s Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award, which recognizes outstanding personal service to APPA by elected and appointed officials.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.