Longtime Polk State employee and mathematics professor Jim Rhodes remembered for dedication to students

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Polk State College is mourning the loss of nearly 30-year employee and dedicated mathematics professor Jim Rhodes.

Rhodes passed away Dec. 19. A memorial service will be held Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in Lakeland at Oak Hill Cemetery, 4620 U.S. Highway 98 S.

Rhodes joined the College in 1991 as a part-time employee in the Winter Haven Campus Library – a position he held for four years before taking on a full-time job in Instructional Technology. He taught math as an adjunct instructor for 10 years before becoming a full-time faculty member in 2011.

He was active in Faculty Senate and represented the College in the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association.

His colleagues in the Mathematics Department considered Rhodes a valued member of the College who was loved by his students.