Gov. Scott announces seven state college trustee appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced “lucky number seven” college boards of trustee appointments Friday.

All of the following appointments and reappointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Pensacola State College District Board of Trustees

Chip Simmons, 49, of Cantonment, is chief of police for the City of Pensacola. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association and the FBI National Academy Associates. Simmons succeeds Deidre Young for a term ending May 31.

Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees

Dr. S.K. Rao Musunuru, 62, of New Port Richey, is a cardiologist at Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the Association of the American Medical Association, Community College Trustees and was awarded the Trustee Leadership Award in 2013. Musunuru’s reappointment is through May 31, 2017.

Florida Keys Community College District Board of Trustees

Elena Spottswood, 58, of Key West, is a community volunteer. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending May 31.

Seminole State College of Florida District Board of Trustees

Amy Lockhart, 39, of Sanford, is a Seminole County School Board Member. She previously served as chair of the Idyllwilde Elementary School Advisory Council and currently serves as a board member of the Seminole County Value Adjustment Board and a member of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Lockhart succeeds Cynthia Drago and for a term ending May 31, 2017.

Valencia College District Board of Trustees

John Crossman, 42, of Orlando, is president of Crossman & Company. He served as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation Board and as president of NAIOP Central Florida. Crossman was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2013. He succeeds Jerry Buchanan for a term ending May 31, 2017.

Raymer Maguire III, 60, of Orlando, is an eminent domain attorney with Maguire Laffman LLC. He served as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Orlando and as a board member of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association. Maguire currently serves as the chair of the Citrus Club Board of Governors. Maguire succeeds Lori Kifer for a term ending May 31, 2017.

Maria Grulich, 53, of Celebration, is director of international development for Osceola County. She served on board of directors for the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Business Council. Grulich’s reappointment is for a term ending May 31, 2017.


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