Meet the Dean

William “Bill” Emerson

William “Bill”  Emerson was raised in southern Indiana. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1987 and a Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1995. He began his career as an educator in 1987 in Santa Rosa County, Florida. He taught math at Pace High School and Gulf Breeze High School until the spring of 2000.

During this time, he taught Dual Enrollment College Algebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Calculus I, and Calculus II. In the fall of 2000, Bill was appointed to the position of  Assistant Principal at Navarre High School and then Principal of Navarre High School in 2005.  In 2009 he was promoted as the Director of High School Education to the Santa Rosa County District office and then appointed in 2010, as the  Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. He retired from this position in November of 2020 after completing a 31-and-a-half-year career. Post-retirement, Bill worked in several capacities with a local private school and at the Tiger Point Golf Shop. He was hired as the Dean of the Pensacola State College Charter Academies in January 2024.

Bill has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 1987. He has two daughters, Jessica and Laurel, who took coursework at PSC prior to earning Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Florida. Bill has two grandchildren.


Contact Dean Emerson


Phone: (850) 484-1781

Meet the Principal

Dr. Karen McCabe

Dr. McCabe earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Marist College in New York, and the following year she completed the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.  She completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and acquired the New York state school principal and superintendent license.  Dr. McCabe completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Liberty University.

Dr. McCabe has a wealth of experience in secondary schools including as a social worker and an assistant principal.   Most recently, she served as the Director of the South Santa Rosa Center at Pensacola State College.  During her tenure at the South Santa Rosa Center, she worked with two of the largest local high schools to offer Dual Enrollment with the College.  Creating and fostering a strong relationship with the principals, guidance counselors, parents, and students, Dr. McCabe helped to increase participation in dual enrollment. 


Contact Dr. McCabe


Phone: (850) 484-2347