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PRESS RELEASE: Florida Board of Governors scheduled to select Florida Polytechnic University's charter trustees at June regular business meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—June 5, 2012
Florida Board of Governors scheduled to select
Florida Polytechnic University's charter trustees
at June regular business meeting
Board of Governors appoints 5, Florida Governor appoints 6,
with 1 faculty, 1 student to serve by designation – for 13 total
54 apply for 5 BOT members to be selected by Florida Board of Governors
TALLHASSEE, Fla.—The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida has concluded the application process to establish the charter Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland. With 54 applications at Monday’s deadline, the committee chair tasked with review of all applicants said everything is on track to announce five of 13 total appointments at the Board’s regularly scheduled business meeting in two weeks.
“With many members of the Board of Governors assisting, I look forward to the comprehensive process we now undertake in order to select and bring our proposed nominees to the Board at its very next meeting," said Chair Mori Hosseini of Daytona Beach, who is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Trustee Nominating and Development Committee, which oversees the trustee selection process. "These charter members have a unique responsibility to work with the Board of Governors in designing a new approach to higher education from a new perspective that emulates the ‘polytechnic’ model successful in other states and countries."
The meeting agendas during the three days of the Board’s regular business meeting in June are posted as finalized at www.flbog.edu. The Trustee Nominating & Development Committee is expected to be a committee that meets on the third and final day – so the committee votes and the full Board's business meeting may occur on the same day.
The 54 applicants to the Board of Governors are listed down below.
Applicants, by law, do not need to live within close proximity of a Florida public university to serve as a member of any Board of Trustees.
According to state law (112.312, F.S.), trustees cannot serve in public offices on a dual basis; the Board of Governors and Boards of Trustees are considered governing boards as outlined in statute. The same statute addresses potential conflicts of interest that must be avoided with appointments.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on April 20 signed legislation that "effective upon signature" created Florida Polytechnic University as a new institution in the State University System of Florida (Senate Bill 1994). The legislation includes certain benchmarks to be achieved by Dec. 31, 2016. These benchmarks in the signed legislation initially were created by the Board of Governors in November 2011 after months of discussion, several meetings, and without a specific deadline (http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/news.php?id=421):
- achieve accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- initiate the development of the new programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
- seek discipline-specific accreditation for programs;
- attain a minimum FTE (student headcount or full-time equivalent enrollment) of 1,244, with a minimum 50 percent of that FTE in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and 20 percent in programs related to those fields;
- complete facilities and infrastructure, including the Science and Technology Building, Phase I of the Wellness Center, and a residence hall or halls containing no fewer than 190 beds; and
- have the ability to provide, either directly or where feasible through a shared services model, administration of financial aid, admissions, student support, information technology, and finance and accounting with an internal audit function.
Chair Hosseini’s committee selects, evaluates, vets and nominates finalists to the Board of Governors for full panel consideration. All applicants are subject to a prior background check, which is standard practice. Once appointed, Board of Trustees members serve until the Florida Senate’s separate confirmation process during the next immediate Regular Session of the Legislature.
“There are very complex and very real challenges for these charter members as they set a strategy to ‘break the mold,’ meet the benchmarks and open the doors,” said Board of Governors Chair Dean Colson of Miami. “Yet there is also a remarkable opportunity for unprecedented achievements."
State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan – who is not directly involved in selecting appointees – said this marks a milestone for the State University System.
“We can have an institution dedicated to delivering curricula in a technology-rich environment, and the Board members are all committed to the success of this start-up – yet it cannot just be the new Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, and the talented university staff and bright students. It will take the entire state and its leadership to make this a success on the legislation's timetable," Brogan said.
Each institution in the State University System has a 13-member Board of Trustees responsible for cost-effective policy, and for implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the university’s mission. The Boards of Trustees also are responsible to meet state policy, budgeting and education standards.
The Governor appoints six members to each Board of Trustees, and the Board of Governors appoints five members. The leader of the Faculty Senate serves or his/her designee, as well as the Student Body President of the university. More about the Boards of Trustees and the Board of Governors' appointments to establish staggered terms can be found here: www.flbog.edu/aboutsus/ubt.php.
For more about the Board of Governors, see www.flbog.edu.
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Florida Board of Governors
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 has 12 universities and a total enrollment of nearly 330,000 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, including the Board’s Annual Accountability Report that reflects important measurements for the System, see www.flbog.edu. The Board of Governors also released its 2025 Strategic Plan for the System in November 2011, also available from the home page of the web site.
LIST – 54 applicants for Board of Governors’ appointments to Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees:
1. Alford Carol C. 05/30/12 Lakeland, FL Internal Auditor, Hillsborough Community College
2. Allen Eric Keith 05/31/12 Lakeland, FL Attorney, Law Offices of Eric Allen
3. Armstrong Jack David 05/31/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL President, Broward College
4. Bach Tim J. 05/07/12 Apopka, FL President/Owner of Patterson/ Bach Communications Advertising Agency
5. Bacon Gregory Allen 05/31/12 Indianapolis, IN Application Specialist, Auralex Acoustics
6. Block Trudy Alice 05/30/12 Polk City, FL City Councilor, City of Polk City
7. Brame Roderic Ian 05/30/12 Land O Lakes, FL Program Director/Assistant Professor, Florida Polytechnic Univ.
8. Brown Joshua Keith 05/25/12 Auburndale, FL Attorney w/Peterson/Myers
9. Buetow Curtis J. 05/30/12 Davenport, FL Engineering Manager w/Powerteam Generation
10. Clark Gary E. 05/29/12 Lakeland, FL Independent Consultant w/CPS Investment Advisors, Financial Services
11. Clark Ronald Lyle 06/01/12 Lakeland, FL Attorney and Chairman Clark, Campbell and Lancaster P.A.
12. Cloud Thomas Alexander 05/17/12 Orlando, FL Attorney/Partner w/Gray Robinson
13. Clyne Kyle Taylor 06/04/12 Lakeland, FL Senior Project Manager, Canco General Contractors
14. Dicks John Larry 5/31/12 Plant City, FL Attorney of Counsel, Trinkle Redman
15. Duncan Ann Wilkins 05/31/12 Tarpon Springs, FL President/Founder Vertical Integration, Inc.
16. Emst Robert Elliott 05/29/12 Auburndale, FL Business Analyst w/Pallet One, Inc., Manufacturing
17. English Robert F. 05/25/12 Lakeland, FL CEO of Valiant Products, Manufacturing
18. Evans Jonathan Edward 05/30/12 Oldsmar, FL Assistant to the City Manager, City of Largo
19. Evans Mygnon Champion 06/01/12 Lakeland, FL Attorney/Owner Mygnon Evans Law Office
20. Featherman Sandra Green 05/30/12 Highland Beach, FL Retired; past President of the University of New England
21. Fleming John Edward 06/01/12 Winter Haven, FL President, Phoenix Industries, LLC
22. Gambrell Carroll Blake 05/30/12 Lakeland, FL Retired the last 5 years; Ph.D in Engineering
23. Gardner Robert LeGrande 05/29/12 Lakeland, FL Ph.D from Virginia Polytechnic Institute; current instructor at Florida Polytechnic University
24. Grasse James Martin 06/01/12 Lakeland, FL Deleware North Corporation, Concessions
25. Griffith Winston Nichols 05/31/12 Tallahassee, FL Program Specialist, Leon County Schools
26. Hallion, Jr Richard Paul 05/17/12 Shalimar, FL Research Associate in Aeronautics, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
27. Hatcher Neysa Hope 05/31/12 Winter Haven, FL Inspector in Charge, United States Dept. of Agriculture
28. Hemsath Klaus H. 06/04/12 Palmetto, FL Retired; CEO of Indugas, Inc., Engineering Company;
29. Hendricks Johe Wayne 05/31/12 Sarasota, FL Managing Partner, Strategic Technologies
30. Kincart Robert Owen 05/25/12 Lakeland, FL Scientist/President of American Compliance Technology, Science & Engineering
31. Kimberlin Ralph Dace 05/31/12 Winter Haven, FL Retired Professor and Consultant
32. Lewis Charles Alan 05/30/12 Carrabelle, FL Consultant, SANA, LC, Medical Technology
33. Martin Frank Thomas 05/31/12 Clermont, FL Senior Vice President, Atkins North America
34. Oldt Thomas Roe 05/29/12 Winter Haven, FL President/Registered Principal of Thomas Oldt Investment Services, Investment Advisory/Asset Management
35. O’Toole Neal Lawrence 06/04/12 Lakeland, FL Attorney; Partner, Lilly, O’Toole & Brown; Managing Member, Central Florida Mediation Group
36. Pittman Terry Eugene 05/30/12 Eagle Lake, FL CEO of Business Builders of America
37. Raymond Maurice A. 05/29/12 Lakeland, FL Retired – Ph.D in Polymer Chemistry from UF; last position was Director of Research & Dev. w/Rhone-Poulenc, Chemical in 1995
38. Rezendes, II Joseph 05/30/12 Safety Harbor, FL Senior Security Analyst at Franklin Templeton, Inc., Financial Services
39. Rhodes Deborah Lynn 05/31/12 Lakeland, FL Adjunct Instructor, Palomar College
40. Riddle Kenneth Leon 05/31/12 Lakeland, FL Supervisor of Chemical Programs, Lakeland Electric
41. Robinson James David 05/30/12 Lakeland, FL President/CEO DSM Technology Consultants
42. Roeser, Jr. John Franklin 05/30/12 Davenport, FL Retired; past Group Vice President at Howard Johnson Company; past Vice President American Can Company; currently Park Event Operations at Walt Disney World
43. Russo Christopher David 05/29/12 Auburndale, FL Attorney w/Moody Law, P.A.
44. Sanoba Gregory A. 05/31/12 Lakeland, FL President/Owner The Sanoba Law Firm
45. Sapp Michael Scott 05/30/12 Spring Hill, FL Chief Financial Officer, Girl Scouts of West Central FL
46 Scaringe Robert Peter 05/10/12 Rockledge, FL President/CEO of Mainstream Engineering Corp.; R&D/Manufacturing
47. Shaheen Richard Labib 05/25/12 Jupiter, FL Senior Director Engineering & Technical Services; Fla. Power & Light
48. Shannon John Hugh 05/31/12 Lakeland, FL Attorney, John Hugh Shannon, P.A.
49. Sommer Douglas Dean 06/01/12 Lakeland, FL Independent Contractor, ITW, QMI, Wynn’s
50. Strickland Eugene Swaney 06/01/12 Lakeland, FL City Manager, City of Lakeland
51. Thompson Jonathan Wade 05/25/12 Lakeland, FL Physical Therapist; currently Director of Operations at Bond Clinic in Winter Haven
52. Ullman Patricia Daphne 06/04/12 Tampa, FL CPA; Principal, The Pearl Group, Inc., consulting
53. Vila Adis Maria 06/04/12 USAF Academy, CO Chief Diversity Officer, USAF Academy, CO
54. Wilson Donald Herbert 05/31/12 Homeland, FL Partner/Attorney w/Boswell & Dunlap