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Andy Haggard named new chairman of FSU Board of Trustees

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Wm. Andrew Haggard, an attorney from Coral Gables and Florida State University alumnus, is the new chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees.

Haggard succeeds former Florida Attorney General Jim Smith, whose term ended earlier this year. The board elected Susie Busch-Transou vice chair.

“Andy truly loves Florida State and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his role as chairman,” said FSU President Eric J. Barron. “He will provide excellent leadership to the board as it guides the university toward the future.”

Haggard was first appointed to the Florida State Board of Trustees in 2002 by Gov. Jeb Bush and served as vice chairman from 2004-2005. He was re-appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007.

Haggard has enjoyed a long affiliation with Florida State. He is the former chairman of the 1988 National Seminole Boosters and, in 2008, he was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame as the Moore-Stone Award recipient. He also was given FSU Alumni Association’s “Circle of Gold” award. He was a member of the 1993 and 2009 presidential search committees, a member of the FSU Research Foundation Board of Directors, and served as chairman of the College of Arts & Sciences Leadership Council.

In addition to his service to FSU, Haggard is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and served as a commissioner on the Florida Commission on Ethics (1990-1992). The senior partner for The Haggard Law Firm, P.A. since 1995, Haggard received his bachelor’s degree from FSU in 1964 and his law degree from Mercer University in 1967.

Busch-Transou is co-owner of Tri-Eagle Sales, the locally owned and operated Anheuser-Busch distributor in and surrounding Tallahassee, and serves as vice president of the company with a focus on community relations and development. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006 and also serves on the advisory board of the FSU Career Center and on the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Board of Directors.

Besides Haggard and Busch-Transou, other members of the 13-member board are Derrick Brooks, Dustin R. Daniels, Emily Fleming Duda, David B. Ford, Manny Garcia, Mark Hillis, James E. Kinsey Jr., Leslie Pantín, Jr., Margaret A. “Peggy” Rolando, Brent W. Sembler and Eric C. Walker.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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