PRESS RELEASE: New chair, vice chair named to the Board of Governors
MIAMI—The Board of Governors has chosen a new chair and vice chair to help lead the State University System in its quest toward national prominence.
Mori Hosseini, currently vice chairman of the board, replaces Dean Colson, whose term as chair ends in January. Colson remains a member of the Board of Governors through 2017. Tom Kuntz, chair of the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, replaces Hosseini as vice chair. Hosseini and Kuntz will each serve two years in those leadership positions. Their terms on the board run through 2017 and 2019, respectively.
“Chairing this board for the past two years has been a joy, a challenge and a privilege,” Colson said. “We’ve made some remarkable accomplishments, and I know we’ll be in good hands the next two years under the leadership of Govs. Hosseini and Kuntz.”
Hosseini, of Daytona Beach, is chairman and CEO of Intervest Construction, Inc, a company he has owned for more than 30 years. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the private Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves on the Board of Directors for International Speedway Corporation. Hosseini has served on the Board of Governors since 2010, and has most recently chaired the board’s Trustee Nominating and Development Committee, helping to oversee the interviewing and selection of dozens of appointees to Boards of Trustees across the State University System.
Kuntz, of Winter Park, is the geographic banking executive for SunTrust Banks, where he oversees the company’s 16 geography-based business units--comprised of nearly 1,700 branches in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Kuntz also serves as chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Florida. He is also an active member of the Florida Council of 100. Kuntz was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2012 and as chair of the board’s budget committee has led the development of the board’s new performance-funding model.
Hosseini and Kuntz will assume their leadership roles at the board’s next meeting in January.
“I’m so proud of the work of this Board of Governors. Over the past few years, under the leadership of Dean Colson and those chairs before him, we have seen a transformation of our State University System,” Hosseini said. “We are more cohesive than ever before, together dedicated to ensuring access, academic quality and accountability for our students.”
“Working with this Board of Governors has been a true honor,” Kuntz said, “and I look forward to the further gains we’re sure to make in the months and years to come.”
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Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.