The Lake-Sumter State College community is deeply saddened to announce the loss of Peter F. Wahl, who dedicated his life to service, education, and community improvement. As we remember and honor Pete Wahl, a member of District Board of Trustees, we celebrate his profound impact on our college, community, and the countless lives he touched.
“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.”
A Life Rooted in Service
Peter 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.
Following his retirement, Pete 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.
His commitment went beyond accolades. He established an endowed scholarship in honor of his wife, Nancy, a retired kindergarten teacher, to support future students in pursuit of their goal to become an educator. This scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to his unwavering support for education and his love for his family.
A Tireless Advocate for LSSC
Pete Wahl was not content with merely holding a position on the District Board of Trustees; he was a true advocate for Lake-Sumter State College. His tireless efforts in support of students and fundraising activities brought crucial resources to our institution, allowing us to expand our reach and provide quality education to more students.
His influence extended well beyond the boardroom. Pete was a familiar face in the community, always eager to share the benefits of LSSC with others. He frequently referred students to the college, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and aspirations through education.
In celebrating the life and legacy of Peter F. Wahl, we are reminded of the profound impact that one individual can have on a community. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and we join together as a college community to honor the life of a trustee who truly made a difference.