GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Board of Trustees Chairman Carlos Alfonso announced his resignation today.
Here is his statement:
It has been my honor to serve the University of Florida as a founding member of the Board of Trustees for over 10 years, and currently as its chairman.
During my tenure, we have achieved great things for the university, and my service has also brought me much personal satisfaction. UF has an incredible faculty, amazingly loyal and active alumni and some of the country’s highest-caliber students. With the support of these groups, and under President Machen’s leadership, we have greatly advanced the university since the Board of Trustees was created in 2001.
We won tuition flexibility, expanded Internet-based distance learning, grew our research enterprise, enhanced our global presence and increased access to students from all walks of life. We achieved these and many other advances during difficult economic times, and while continuing our commitment to Florida by enrolling students composed of 95-percent in-state residents – and operating with the lowest tuition of any member of the Association of American Universities.
My love of and pride for everything the Gator Nation represents has grown over these years. I began my service by stating I was an advocate for the students, and I hope to be remembered for that advocacy.
I recently decided that after a decade of service, now might be the right time for new board membership and therefore, I will end my service on Monday, April 23rd, by withdrawing my application.
I will always be a proud member of the Gator Nation. My time spent in this role as a member of the Board will always be special to me. This was truly the finest, most unselfish group of men and women with whom I have ever served.
I am grateful to Governor Jeb Bush, who originally appointed me, for his educational leadership and his results – which framed my entire term of service – and to Governor Rick Scott, for allowing me to continue to serve. I want to thank past board members and those who remain behind to carry forward the global reputation and great opportunities that will arise for the University of Florida and our great state.
From the University of Florida
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