Florida public university body extends board of trustees application period

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The Florida Board of Governors is extending the application for the board of trustees in order to “attract the broadest possible range of highly qualified applicants.”

The new deadline is December 17. The board will fill 22 board of trustee positions across the state.

“Trustees have a central role in steering the State University System, which is why it’s crucial that we recruit candidates with a strong commitment to accountability, access, and academic quality,” Board of Governors chair Mori Hosseini said. “Successful applicants will be prepared to work collaboratively with the Board of Governors and the State University System to equip students for meaningful careers and raise their institutions to the next level.”

The state consists of 13 schools governed by the Board of Governors and trustees. Individual boards at each of the public state universities establish what the state describes as “cost-effective policy” and implements various education programs. They also work to adhere to state policies, budgetary and educational standards.

Florida A&M University and the University of Florida are each filling one vacancy. There are two vacancies each at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida and University of West Florida.

Applicants do not need to live in Florida to serve. The term of service runs through Jan. 6, 2020 for 11 institutions. The term at Florida Polytechnic University, the state’s newest member of the university system, ends July 15, 2019.

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