BOG names Florida Polytech board appointees

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The Florida Board of Governors tapped four people Thursday for new Florida Polytechnic University’s board of trustees, but left a fifth position vacant for the time being, reports the News Service of Florida.

The four appointees include Sandra Featherman, the retired president of the University of New England; Dick Hallion, a retired Air Force analyst and faculty member at the U.S. Army War College; Frank Martin, a former member of the Board of Governors; and Don Wilson a Polk County lawyer. Gov. Rick Scott will appoint six members to the 13-member board, with the head of the Faculty Senate and the student body president also getting seats. One Board of Governors member said Hallion has ties to incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, but members of the subcommittee who vetted the nominees said that didn’t come into play. “I have never received a call from Senator Gaetz,” said Mori Hosseini, who chairs the Trustee Nominating and Development Committee. Hosseini said the Board of Governors would make its fifth selection after Scott’s choices are announced.

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