Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla A. Taylor, a 1999 graduate of the MBA program in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Rinker School of Business, has been chosen by her fellow commissioners to serve as the county’s mayor.
Taylor, who previously served as vice mayor, replaces Commissioner Steve Abrams. The seven-member commission selects a mayor and vice mayor each year.
Commissioner Taylor is a native Floridian, born and raised in Fort Pierce. She currently resides in West Palm Beach, where she first was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2004 and re-elected twice as the District 84 representative. She brought to the House more than 25 years of business experience in the insurance industry.
Commissioner Taylor served as Democratic Whip for the 2004-2006 term and Speaker Pro Tem designee for the 2008-2010 terms. Prior to being elected to the Florida House, Commissioner Taylor was a twice-elected member of the Port of Palm Beach District Commission. During her tenure, she served as chairwoman in both 2001 and 2003.
She has received numerous business and civic awards recognizing her outstanding service to the community, and she has been involved in a number of public service organizations. Before earning her MBA, Commissioner Taylor received her undergraduate degree from Barry University.
Commissioner Taylor received the University’s MBA Distinguished Alumna Award during Homecoming in November 2012.