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At its spring meeting held at the Stetson University historic campus in DeLand, the Stetson University Board of Trustees announced the election of four new members to the board. [Read more…] about Stetson University Board of Trustees Elects Four New Members
Gov. Scott Appoints Jill Danigel to Southeast Volusia Hospital District
Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jill Danigel to the Southeast Volusia Hospital District.
Jill Danigel, 53, of Edgewater, is the former captain of the Edgewater Fire Department. She succeeds Ferdinand Heeb and is appointed for a term beginning June 8, 2018, and ending March 21, 2022.
The University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted late this afternoon to award John A. Delaney, UNF’s longest-serving president, the status of President Emeritus during a regularly scheduled meeting today at the Student Union on campus.
The UNF Faculty Association voted last month to recommend conferral of emeritus status by the BOT to Delaney, who retires from the University presidency Thursday, May 31. Delaney received a standing ovation as the vote was unanimously passed by acclamation. The title “President Emeritus” is an honor that may be conferred to a University president upon retirement in recognition of a distinguished record at UNF.
“UNF faculty were honored to recommend President Emeritus status be awarded to John Delaney by the BOT,” said Dr. Radha Pyati, Faculty Association president. “He has left a tremendous legacy of expanding opportunities for students, increasing the University’s building footprint to support them and fostering faculty success.”
Delaney is only the second president in University history to receive President Emeritus status. Thomas G. Carpenter, UNF’s first president, earned this recognition in 1980, when he left the presidency. Delaney has had numerous accomplishments spanning his 15 years of service to UNF, which has impacted not only the Jacksonville community but Northeast Florida as a whole.
More than half of the University’s alumni received their diploma during Delaney’s tenure, and the campus has undergone a dramatic transformation. The job was a third career for Delaney, who served two terms as mayor of Jacksonville launching significant initiatives like the $2.25 billion infrastructure Better Jacksonville Plan and the Preservation Project land conservation program. Before serving as mayor, Delaney was chief assistant state attorney—the No. 2 prosecutor for Northeast Florida—and served as general counsel for the City of Jacksonville.
His career at UNF ended up being Delaney’s longest and one that provided him an extraordinary opportunity to impact how the University serves its students and the community. During the fall 2017 semester, UNF welcomed its most academically gifted freshman class to date with an average GPA of 4.27, and the University tops schools in the State University System when it comes to graduates being employed in Florida.
UNF now awards about 4,000 degrees annually and has increased opportunities for students, offering 55 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees. The University has also gained a national reputation for quality and value over the past several years, being named a Best College in the Southeast by The Princeton Review for nine consecutive years, a Best Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for the past seven years and landed on other prestigious lists by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and more.
UNF now has the fifth highest graduation rate among public, urban regional universities in the nation, and private support to UNF has increased significantly under Delaney’s leadership, with more than $262 million being raised since 2003, including more than $130 million under the Power of Transformation campaign, while the University endowment has more than doubled from $43.8 million in 2003 to $110 million.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
Gov. Scott Announces Eight Appointments to Multiple State Boards
Governor Rick Scott today announced seven reappointments and one appointment to multiple state boards.
Florida Gateway College District Board of Trustees
Dr. Athena Randolph, 60, of Lake City, is co-owner of Randolph Medical Practices. Dr. Randolph is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2019.
Kathryn McInnis, 71, of Old Town, is a retired occupational specialist for the Dixie County School Board. She is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2021.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Florida Keys Community College District Board of Trustees
Kevin Madok, 55, of Big Pine Key, is the clerk of courts for Monroe County. Madok is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2020.
This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Lake-Sumter State College District Board of Trustees
Bryn Blaise, 29, of the Villages, is the construction manager for the Villages Commercial Property Management Blaise is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2019.
Bret Jones, 38, of Clermont, is the principal attorney and owner of the Law Offices of Bret Jones, P.A. Jones is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2021.
Marcia Butler, 73, of the Villages, previously taught in the Pinellas County school system. Butler is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2021.
Tim Morris, 59, of Leesburg, is the vice president of Ernie Morris Enterprises, Inc. Morris is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending May 31, 2021.
These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Board of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Daniel Calvo, 40, of Lakeland, is the regional consultant of clinical services for Accelerated Care Plus. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending October 31, 2021.
This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Gov. Scott Reappoints Robert “Blake” Gable
to Florida Gulf Coast District Board of Trustees
Governor Rick Scott today announced the reappointment of Blake Gable to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees.
Gable, 46, of Naples, is the chief executive officer at Barron Collier Companies. He has served as a board member of the Immokalee Foundation and as a trustee of the Greater Naples YMCA. Gable received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and his master’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 6, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Gov. Scott Reappoints Two to Florida A&M University Board of Trustees
Governor Rick Scott today announced the reappointments of Kelvin Lawson and Dr. Matthew Carter to the Florida A & M University Board of Trustees.
Lawson, 54, of Jacksonville, is a vice president at Acosta Sales and Marketing. He previously served as the director of national accounts for Johnson and Johnson. Lawson received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 5, 2018, and ending January 6, 2021.
Dr. Carter, 65, of Tallahassee, is an attorney and business consultant on energy, economic development, and education with Carter and Associates. He is a United States Army Veteran and previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. Dr. Carter is reappointed for a term beginning January 6, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Gary Wendt, and the State Board of Governors appointed Dr. Louis Saco to the Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees.
Wendt has served on the Board since May. Currently the Chairman of the Board of Deerpath Capital Management, LP, he has also been Chairman and CEO of GE Capital and Conseco, Inc. Active in the state and local non-profit community, he is a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Executive Committee and is a Board member of the Broward County chapter. Wendt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Business School, and is the current Vice Chairman of the State of Florida’s Investment Advisory Council.
“I’m honored to stay with this talented board,” said Wendt. “As Florida Poly comes into its own and increases its impact, I thank the Governor for the opportunity to continue my involvement.”
Dr. Saco was effusive. “Poly is an exciting place to be. My medical background has shown me the importance of technological innovation, and I’m energized to have a hand on the wheel of such a center of progress.”
Saco is the CEO of Watson Clinic, LLP, Chair of Watson Clinic Foundation Board of Directors, and medical director and member of Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center. His non-profit work includes the boards of Florida Southern College, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, and the Learning Resource Center. He has an MBA from the University of South Florida School of Business, and an MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
“Both of these gentlemen have achieved tremendous success throughout their careers, and the Board as a whole will benefit from their experience and expertise,” said Chairman of the Board Frank T. Martin. “It’s admirable that they chose to help us build and guide this excellent institution. Florida Poly continues to blossom, and we welcome Dr. Saco and welcome back Trustee Wendt as we continue to reach new heights.”
Florida Polytechnic firmly believes that the arrival of Dr. Saco and the continued presence of Trustee Wendt will bolster an already impressive board. They will help drive the University to become an ever-greater asset to the state, the public, and the economy at large. As we train the future leaders of tomorrow and stay on the cutting edge of technological development, we are glad to have both men as Trustees.
Dr. Saco and Mr. Wendt’s terms will begin on November 9 and end on June 30, 2022. Both appointees are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.
The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees was established in 2012 to govern and set policy for the University. Six members are appointed by the Florida Governor, and five members are appointed by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors. In addition, two seats are reserved for a student and a faculty representative.
For more information, visit Florida Poly’s Board of Trustees page.
Today, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously voted to name Larry Robinson, Ph.D., the 12th university president, subject to confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors.
“I am humbled and overjoyed to have this opportunity to help move this University forward. I understand the awesomeness of this responsibility,” Robinson said, accepting the nomination. “I feel very, very fortunate to be a part of your team. I want to emphasize that our No. 1 priority will be student success – fully understanding that a key element of our student success is the great work of our faculty and staff.”
Board Chair Kelvin Lawson underscored the collective support from the BOT and FAMU community to name Robinson FAMU’s next permanent leader.
“We based our decision on data and followed our process thoroughly,” Lawson said. “We all, collectively, feel good about where we are, and we feel extremely well about our new leader – President Robinson.”
Robinson has served as the University’s interim president since September 2016. He also serves as a distinguished professor and principal investigator in the School of the Environment. He previously served as interim president from July 2012 to April 2014, director of FAMU’s Environmental Sciences Institute from 1997 to 2003, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2005, interim president in 2007, and vice president for Research in 2009.
Yesterday, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend the contract of Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
The contract is effective September 15, 2017 through September 14, 2018.
“The unanimous vote is not only another signal of our confidence in the current leadership of Dr. Robinson and his team, but it is also a continuation of our journey toward making a good and thoughtful decision on selecting the next permanent president of Florida A&M University,” said Board of Trustees Chair Kelvin Lawson. “Extending Dr. Robinson’s contract gives us time to weigh our options, post the next Board of Governors’ meeting, to determine if we will conduct a national search or ask Dr. Robinson to continue his work as the permanent president. The Board is committed to making the best decision for our university.”
Dr. Robinson expressed his appreciation for the confidence and support of the trustees and reiterated his commitment to serving the University.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve this great institution as interim president and humbled by the vote of the Board of Trustees,” said Robinson. “I remain dedicated to working with our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters to ensure that the goals of the University are successfully accomplished.”
Dr. Robinson has served as the interim president since September 15, 2016, and previously served in the capacity from July 2012 to April 2014 and in 2007.
It is with much regret that I announce that Florida A&M University (FAMU) Trustee Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has decided to resign from the FAMU Board of Trustees. The decision was made for personal reasons and reached after consultation with his family and much prayer.
Trustee McCoy provided significant value and contributions to our board and his presence will be missed. The retired U.S. Air Force general was a driving force in crafting a plan for our board evaluation process and served as chairman of the Governance Committee.
During my conversation with Trustee McCoy, he stressed how honored he was to have the opportunity to serve on FAMU’s board and support the FAMU family, after being appointed in 2015. He also shared his pleasure with the direction the board is heading and voiced his regret that he cannot stay engaged and finish his appointment, which was scheduled to end in 2020.
Trustee McCoy approached his board assignments with tremendous sincerity and great humility. He made one request, and that is for us to stay in touch with him to provide key updates about the University.
Trustee McCoy has been in contact with Governor Rick Scott’s office, which accepted his resignation on July 31. The governor’s office will quickly begin the process of working to find a replacement for Trustee McCoy.
Chair, Florida A&M University Board of Trustees
Roger Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida, was installed as Chairman of the LeadingAge Florida Board of Trustees during the association’s annual meeting in Orlando this week.
A gubernatorial appointee to the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council, Mr. Stevens has extensive experience representing aging services providers. Mr. Stevens is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Public Accountant and a former manager at an international CPA firm with experience in feasibility studies, new facility development, financing, start-up and operation.
“Roger is a thoughtful, insightful, and very accomplished leader,” said LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer. “Westminster Communities of Florida truly reflects the full continuum of aging services, including affordable senior housing, independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. As a result, Roger has a broad view of the aging services field that will be a true asset in guiding the only Florida association which represents that full continuum.”
As part of the LeadingAge Florida Annual meeting, LeadingAge Florida members elected the following individuals to leadership positions:
• Troy Hart – Chair-Elect
• Josh Ashby – Immediate Past Chair
• Kevin Smaage – Secretary
• Lisa Lyons – Treasurer
• Mary Jo Zeller – ALF/HCBS Chair
• Joel Anderson – CCRC Chair
• Janet Stringfellow – Housing Chair
• Robert Goldstein – Nursing Home Chair
• Jolynn Whitten – Associate Member Representative
• John Capes – LeadingAge Advocate
• Bruce Jones – LeadingAge Advocate
• Kevin Knopf – LeadingAge Advocate
• Charee Russell – LeadingAge Advocate
• Kip Corriveau – South West Region Chair
• Teresa Scott – North Region Chair
These board members join current board members:
• Garry Hennis – At-Large Trustee
• Jim Richman – At-Large Trustee
• Gail Wattley – Central Region Chair
• Juana Mejia – Southwest Region Chair