Five Northwest Florida Residents Named to State Boards

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Tallahassee, Florida — Five Northwest Florida residents were appointed to state boards this week. Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) discussed the appointments below.

President Gaetz announced that he has named Judy Kane of Fort Walton Beach to the Florida Historical Commission. The Commission aims to enhance public participation and involvement in the preservation and protection of the state’s historic and archaeological sites and properties. In addition to overseeing the state’s Historic Capitol Building, members are responsible for reviewing and ranking Special Category Historic Preservation Grant applications and five members view and vote on proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Ms. Kane is a long-time social studies teacher in Okaloosa public schools. She also is the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program at Choctawhatchee High School.

“Judy Kane is one of the most respected and effective educators in Northwest Florida,” said President Gaetz, who worked with her during his time as Superintendent of Okaloosa Schools. “During this, the 500th anniversary of Florida’s founding, it’s entirely fitting that a great teacher would help shape the work of the Historical Commission.”

Additionally, four new appointees recommended by President Gaetz were appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees of Northwest Florida State College: Patrick Byrne, C. Wayne Ansley, Michael Flynt , and former State Representative Brad Drake. Patrick Byrne, President of Valparaiso Realty, and C. Wayne Ansley, former Assistant Superintendent of Okaloosa Schools, are Okaloosa County residents. Michael Flynt of Miramar Beach and former State Representative Brad Drake of Eucheeana will represent Walton County on the Board.

President Gaetz said the new trustees will bring “a deep commitment to the college and its mission as well as a fresh look at how NWFSC is administered and governed.”

“The college is an educational and cultural jewel for our community and our state,” President Gaetz said. “These new trustees will help the institution move beyond some of the difficulties that, in recent years, have stained its reputation and distracted from its great potential.”


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