At Crist’s disposal are 21 trustee vacancies at Florida’s 11 public universities, which the governor intends to fill over the next three months, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat that cites higher-education officials and Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Crist.
As Angeline Taylor reports: each of the 11 state universities has a 13-member board of trustees. Trustees receive no pay, but they are reimbursed for travel and expenses. Trustees are appointed by Crist and the Board of Governors, the committee that oversees the State University System. The appointments are contingent upon Senate confirmation.
Representatives from the Board of Governors will interview applicants this month. The board has a subcommittee dedicated to nominating trustee candidates.
“Two to three (subcommittee members) will be assigned to each institution,” said university-system spokesman Bill Edmonds. “Those members will recommend names to the full (Board of Governors) committee.”
On Oct. 20, the Board of Governors will vote on the selections. They must pick 21 trustees before Jan. 6 for nearly all the public universities. Florida A&M University has only one position the Board of Governors must fill.
“Most of the appointments do not take effect until the end of the year/beginning of next year,” Ivey said. “It will most likely be later this year before they are announced.”