State University System Chancellor's Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Kenneth Ford to the U.S. Defense Science Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Feb. 22, 2012
CONTACT:Kelly Layman, Florida Board of Governors, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-245-0466
Pamella Dana, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, 850-202-4400
Dr. Ford's Federal Appointment
STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. KENNETH FORD TO THE U.S. DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CHANCELLOR FRANK T. BROGAN: "We are very pleased to see the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition’s team recognized as the national resource they are, and I congratulate Dr. Ford on this immense honor to serve in this advisory capacity to the United States Dept. of Defense and the Pentagon, which will benefit the State University System at large.”
BACKGROUND: In 2011, the Board of Governors invited the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition to present an update on its incredible work in building and sustaining the State’s knowledge-based economy, a priority of the Board of Governors. Dr. Kenneth Ford is the Institute’s founder and CEO. His slide presentation at the September meeting of the Florida Board of Governors for the State University System is located here (and video/audio is available in the media archive in the same Board meetings area of the web site): http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/meeting_items.php?id=150&agenda=545.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense appointed Dr. Ford of Pensacola to the 32-member Defense Science Board, which has experts from science, engineering, national security, cyber security, weapons systems and more. The IHMC has offices and research labs in Pensacola and Ocala. For more, see www.ihmc.us. For more on the Defense Science Board, see www.acq.osd.mil/dsb. More details about the IHMC and Dr. Ford are attached.
About the State University System of Florida: The State University System of Florida is governed by a 17-member Board of Governors, a constitutional body and led by appointed public servants. The System is comprised of 11 institutions with a total enrollment of more than 326,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation in terms of enrollment (some states have more than one university system). The Florida Constitution (Article IX, Section 7) was amended by the state's voters in 2002 to establish a statewide system of governance for all Florida public universities. As a result, the Florida Board of Governors was created in 2003 to oversee the State University System of Florida. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the System. The Board’s 17 members include 14 appointed by the Governor, with three serving by virtue of their designations (a faculty member, a Florida Student Association student representative, and the Florida Commissioner of Education). The Board of Governors appoints a Chancellor who serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the State University System. For more, see www.flbog.edu.