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Fernando Valverde picked for State University System’s Board of Governors

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Gov. Rick Scott has tapped Dr. Fernando Valverde for the Board of Governors of the State University System, the Governor’s Office has said in a news release.

In 2010, Valverde was a member on Scott’s Health and Human Services Transition Team, tasked with brainstorming ideas for reform at the state’s Department of Health.

Valverde, 56, of Miami, has been Florida regional president of Humana, one of Florida’s largest Medicare health benefits companies, since January.

According to a news release upon his 2014 appointment, Valverde is responsible “for continued development and expansion of Humana’s Medicare business in the South and North Florida regions.”

He previously was the CEO of Florida International University Health and associate dean for community and clinical affairs at its College of Medicine, according to an online biography.

Valverde also has been a council member at The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum, as a board director for the Miami Art Central Museum, and as board president for the Atlantis Academy School for Children with Learning Disabilities in Miami.

He received his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

He is appointed to a vacant seat from this past Friday until Jan. 6, 2019, the Governor’s news release said. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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